Missouri Advocates for Families Affected by Autism
Missouri Advocates For Families Affected by Autism
We are a citizens action group advocating and lobbying for families that have a child with special needs. We believe that EVERY child has a right to a FREE and APPROPRIATE EDUCATION and should NEVER BE LEFT BEHIND.
Resource fair and vendors start at 8:30 a.m. Walk starts at 10 a.m.
MUST BE REGISTERED BY MIDNIGHT APRIL 2NDTO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARDS AND INCENTIVES.
T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
For 2013 we have added a new twist. Winning entry will be awarded the following:
** their design printed on the 2013 walk t-shirt
** will be the Grand Marshal of the walk
** 1st place winner will receive a $100 savings bond
** 2nd place will receive a $50 savings bond
This contest is open to any child 12 or younger or an individual on the spectrum (any age). They can submit a t-shirt design by mail (Autism Alliance of NWMO, PO Box 7184, St. Joseph, MO 64507) or they can upload their picture to our Facebook page. Entries will be accepted until Feb. 20th at midnight. The walk committee will post all entries on our Facebook page and will open voting from Feb 21-Feb 26th at midnight. On Feb 27th we will announce our winner which will based on the entry with the most likes.If you do not have Facebook you can send your vote to Lisa at 816-273-4187.
AWARDS AND INCENTIVES
Awards and incentives will be provided as follows:(must be registered by midnight April 2nd to be eligible)
Top individual: (based on donations raised) will win an Ipad. Must raise a MINIMUM OF $800.00
Top team: (corporate or family) (based on donations raised, min. of $800) will win a $250 giftcard. If you have 10 people on your team, the 10th registration will be FREE of charge.
In addition to the walk, there will be a free resource fair and vendors for everyone starting at 8:30 a.m.. There will also be free family activities including Booker from the Junior League, face painting, boucey houses, live DJ, and many more activities for the kids. All events will be held in the center of the park with raffles to be drawn after the race in the gazebo.
Autism Alliance of Northwest Missouri
The Autism Alliance of Northwest Missouri, a not-for-profit organization, was formed in June of 2008. St. Joseph and surrounding areas have very little support for children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and their families. All funds raised by the 2013 Awareness Walk will stay in Northwest Missouri to help these special individuals. We are raising awareness within our communities so that our loved ones are treated with respect and not judged for their behaviors. BE A VOLUNTEER within your community.
The number of children with ASD is rising every day. In 2000, the number of children with ASD was 1 in 10,000. Today it is 1 in 88 and growing.
EVERY 22 MINUTES A INDIVIDUAL IS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER.