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Western Connecticut Walk

Western Connecticut

Sunday, August 16, 2020
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Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of people with autism and the parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and providers who support them.

With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

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This year, we're getting creative and giving you several exciting options to determine how you want to come together as a community (in person or in spirit!), and celebrate how your commitment to raising vital funds for people with autism is making a real difference today and every day.

Option 1 — Hit the road with us to Walk on Wheels!

On Sunday, August 16, 2020, we will host the Autism Speaks Walk on Wheels an organized and interactive parking lot festival driven by kindness. Inspired by the drive in graduations that have brought joy to so many during these times of social distancing, we are offering this option to convene our community, while safely spread apart, as we celebrate together.

Option 2 — Go virtual and bring Walk home!

If W-O-W (yup, that's what we're calling it!) doesn't work for you, there is just as much fun to be had when you participate from home. Walk 1.54 miles with your friends and family (for the 1 in 54 U.S. kids with autism) or get together with your team to celebrate locally while maintaining safe social distancing recommendations.

Option 3 — Show us how you Walk to the beat of your own drum. Get creative!

If there's one thing we know about our Walk community… it's that there's no shortage of ways you show how much you care about people with autism. So, get those creative wheels turning, and show us your amazing, inspiring and shareable ideas (neighborhood car parade of your own? community scavenger hunt? sidewalk chalk art installation? online Bingo?) to celebrate Walk a little differently this year. Who knows, maybe your idea will inspire other Walkers to do the same!

Whether you're on the spectrum, love someone who is or are looking to support a diverse, accepting and kind community you're invited. And no matter how you choose to join us, the way that works for you is the right way to participate.

Keep checking in so you don't miss a thing as we add new activities and details. Walk day is coming fast and we could not be more excited to see your smiling faces (from a safe distance!), your decorated cars, the signs in your yards how you'll get creative to raise awareness and create a kinder, more inclusive world.


Event Details



Sunday, August 16, 2020


Pratt and Whitney Stadium at~Rentschler Field~615 Silver Lane ~East Hartford CT ~06118


9:30 am - Arrive & Park ~10:00 am - Stage Presentation ~10:45 am Event Concludes


Sarah Hawkes
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and fundraise so that other families who have loved ones on the spectrum will have the courage to seek early diagnosis and to ensure their loved one a bright future that is filled with abundant progress. Janet, Georgia

More About the Western Connecticut

  • A Guide to Walk Day & Quiet Zone

    An updated Guide to Walk Day and a downloadable activity kit for the car will be coming soon!

  • Team Village

    The Top 10 Teams as of August 9, 2020 will receive reserved parking in Top Team Alley at the front of the parking lot. Reserved parking passes will be mailed the week prior to the Walk. The Top 10 Teams will also be recognized from the stage.

  • Committee

    Autism Speaks Walks rely on volunteers to assist in many capacities through serving on a Walk committee. Committee volunteer opportunities include but are not limited to: team and participant recruitment and fundraising mentors, corporate sponsorship outreach, Walk media outreach, school outreach and more. You can recruit your friends, family and coworkers to become a part of the Walk committee! To learn more reach out to Sarah Hawkes,, (860) 964-7378.

  • The Grand Club

    What is the Grand Club?

    The Grand Club recognizes fundraisers for Autism Speaks Walk who raise at least $1000 or more prior to or at Walk day.

    Grand Club members receive special benefits that may include:

    • Names listed on Walk website
    • Commemorative Grand Club Pin
    • Gift bag with new Autism Speaks logo items
    • Special recognition at Walk and Awards Reception
    • Exclusive, reserved parking in Grand Club Alley near the stage
    • Add your name to the list!

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  • Volunteer

    The success of Autism Speaks Walk depends on the dedication and support of its volunteers. Volunteers assist in many capacities — checking in participants, providing encouragement and cleaning up after the event, which in turn reduces event costs and drives more funds directly to the mission. You can recruit friends, family and coworkers to form a volunteer team!

    This year, to keep our volunteers, participants, and staff safe in the wake of COVID-19, we will have enhanced safety protocols in place. All volunteers on site for the event will be provided with face masks and hand sanitizer. More details will be available soon. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

    Volunteer as a Team

    Recruit your friends, family and coworkers to form a volunteer team. We'll do our best to assign you to the same area so you can spend the day together. Please remind each member of your team to register online so that we know how many people to plan for. Include your team name in the available field and we will know you are together.

    Volunteer as an Individual

    Make new friends as you play an integral role in making the Connecticut Autism Speaks Walk event a success.

    You can also volunteer before the Walk. Select this option toward the bottom of the form. We will put you in touch with Sarah Hawkes,, (860) 964-7378, so she can help you get more involved.

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