ArizonaSaturday, October 17
Each year, Autism Speaks and Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) come together to create one of Arizona’s most beloved and largest walk events: the Autism Speaks Walk in partnership with SARRC. On Saturday, Oct. 17, we’ll be celebrating our 15th annual event and we hope you’ll consider joining us!
In anticipation of the upcoming event we are making modifications to this year's format to ensure the safety of our Walk community. While the Walk will look different, what you love most will remain the same. We will celebrate our community, learn about the amazing work you make possible, provide local resources, and recognize your outstanding fundraising efforts.
Register your team of family and friends and help celebrate autism awareness in our community. Registration is free. Instead, participants are encouraged to identify a fundraising goal and reach this goal by building a walk team comprised of family, friends, co-workers, and loved ones.
More About the Arizona Walk in partnership with SARRC Walk
A Guide to Walk Day & Quiet Zone
Sometimes the environment at an Autism Speaks Walk can become overwhelming for people with sensory sensitivities. All of our Walks allow access to a quiet space that can be used as a safe outlet if you or your loved one living with autism becomes overwhelmed. We recommend finding the quiet area of your Walk when you arrive and share its location with your team for ease of access later on in the day should it be needed.
Find more details about the walk on the Walk News and Updates page.
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! We are working on building our Toledo committee! If you are interested in finding out more, please email Leslie.Bloom@autismspeaks.org.
If your team raises $5,000 by the deadline (TBD), your team will receive a 10x10 tent.
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
- Special recognition at Walk and Awards Reception
- And many more benefits!
- Add your name to the list!
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 at water stops 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!
**We are currently looking for volunteers to help with setting up the evening before the walk and clean up volunteers! Please email Leslie.Bloom@autismspeaks.org if you are interested in finding out more and signing up. **
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 your city's 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 the Event Chairperson so they can help you get more involved.