Autism Delaware recently announced that the statewide Walk for Autism will start at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 14, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. The Wilmington walk will take place Saturday, April 21, in Fox Point State Park. Event coordinators hope to attract 3,000 walkers and to raise $250,000 for Autism Delaware programs and services. In addition to striving to meet the needs of individuals with autism across their lifespans, Autism Delaware strives to reach the autism community across the entire state.
"We want to support our community so everyone can live full, productive lives," notes Autism Delaware Executive Director Teresa Avery. "As the community grows, we need to continue to grow, too. The walk promotes and highlights our services that are available in all three counties. Our programs include expanded family support services, advocacy, awareness, and adult employment and community resources."
A celebration as well as a fundraiser, Autism Delaware's Walk for Autism runs a fun zone where children can enjoy hands-on crafts. Next door, the newest and latest products and services are on display for individuals and families affected by autism. Picnic areas invite all participants to enjoy their own homemade lunches or items purchased from food trucks in the parks.
To make this event run smoothly, Autism Delaware relies on the expertise of volunteers and the generosity of sponsors, which support the effort with much-needed funding. To ensure that more of the raised funds go where they're needed, volunteers such as the Home Depot team, as well as Autism Delaware employees, donate their time to help.