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Thank you to everyone who participates and helps during our annual Autism Awareness Walkathons that are held each year in mid-September at the Richland County Fairgrounds.

Your help makes these events a huge success! We look forward to a big turnout every year and the level of interest seems to grow stronger with each event. Make your plans now to participate in the next walk, or at the very least come out to lend your support!

10th Annual Event Will Be Held On

Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2015
Richland County Fairgrounds
10 AM - 2 PM


Pledge sheets or $10 donation fee appreciated
Donations are accepted at any branch of Richland Bank

For more information please contact Debbie at
419-589-8762 or e-mail

Autism Awareness Walkathon, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization (#20-5148355). We are headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio. We hold our annual walkathon on the 3rd Saturday of September in order to raise money for Autism Awareness. Funds generated from the walk stay in Richland County to provide local families with services and resources pertaining to autism.

Our mission is to raise Autism Awareness in our community and educate the general public about this complex condition that affects one out of every 68 children born today. It is our purpose to help provide information, support, education, and resources for families and individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

We want to make EVERY day Autism Awareness Day.

Autism is a neurological developmental disorder that is often times unfairly confused with mental illness. For the most part, children with autism function much like other typical children. Many are quite talented in arts, music, mathematics, and many other highly skilled fields. And just like every other child, they are not without feelings or emotions. They, too, need love, compassion, and recognition. Early intervention and treatment is the key to helping children who are diagnosed with autism reach his or her full potential. Many autistic children grow up to become functional and productive adults.

Many autistic children cannot speak or communicate the way typical children do, and often times become highly agitated and frustrated when trying to express themselves. That's when you see them having what is commonly referred to as a "meltdown". It isn't a temper tantrum, it is simply the child's way of expressing how they feel about something. They may be trying to tell someone what's wrong with them or simply just trying to ask for a drink of water or a snack. It is difficult for a silent autistic child to complain of a headache, or express displeasure with something, which can result in an instantaneous emotional breakdown.

Even if you don't know anyone who is personally challenged with autism, you can help in a big way by simply being understanding if you happen to encounter an autistic person in your daily routine. Many people, when they first see an autistic child having a meltdown experience at the park, at the store, at church, in a restaurant, or anywhere except at home, it is easy to assume they are just being an unruly brat and need a good spanking to "straighten them up". Many people even go so far as to assume that the parents must lack proper child-rearing skills to allow their child to act like that in public.

Nothing could be further from the truth. These unexpected, uncontrollable episodes are physically and emotionally challenging for both the child and the parents, and are usually embarrassing. The families and caregivers of autistic children appreciate your sympathy and understanding during those times more than you can ever know!

It is important to the families and friends of the children and adults who are victims of autism to get the word out so that people who don't know them can better understand them. Whether you walk with us, man a table, donate money, or simply pass out refreshements at the event, thank you for doing your part to help us spread the word about autism!


Come Out To The Fairgrounds On Saturday, September 19th, 2015

You Can Help Make A Difference!


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