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April 18, 2023

The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence Foundation (, is holding a walk to promote acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorders at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall in Potsdam, N.Y. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The event will be hosted by WWNY-TV’s Jeff Cole. This year, the agency is moving the Walk from the previous September date to April as part of Autism Acceptance Month to meet requests from program participants and families.

This year’s theme is “Star Wars” and there will be a costume contest and a flag contest open to everyone with a variety of great prizes available to win! The Autism Acceptance Walk is a non-competitive walk to promote education and support services offered by The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence for people on the Autism Spectrum.

There is no registration fee, but walkers who raise $50 or more will receive the 2023 Autism Acceptance Walk t-shirt, while supplies last. Download the registration forms and get full details at Registrants who raise $25 or more will get a free Community Bank coffee mug.

The first 350 registered participants will get a complimentary gift bag. Activities will include games, face painting, relays, and a bounce house, as well as a visit from the mascot, Elroy the Elk. Yes-FM 96.7 will broadcast live at the event!

Additional sponsors for Autism Acceptance Walk include: OneDigital; Caskinette Ford; Community Bank, Haylor, Freyer, and Coon; New York State Industries for the Disabled; WWNYTV; United Food Services Group & Performance Food Service; Alesco Advisors; EDF Renewables; Kinney Drugs Foundation; Stewart’s Shops; North Country Savings Bank; Merkley Brothers; Potsdam Elks BPOE #2074, St. Lawrence Supply; J.C. Merriman’s, Inc.; Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers; Walmart; Clarkson’s Physical Therapy Dept., and SUNY Potsdam’s Men’s Hockey Team.

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence’s Bridges Program provides individualized services for people with developmental disabilities starting at three years old with a specialization in the Autism Spectrum. Students participate in a variety of skill development activities addressing social, daily living, and academic skills using principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Additionally, services are offered in the child’s home, in the community, and in their school. For more information on these programs, call 315-386-3055.

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About The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence:
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence seeks to be the premier provider of services for people with diverse needs through the continuum of life.