The annual Autism Speaks Walk in partnership with Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center is back again on October 27, 2019! Register your team of family and friends and help support and raise awareness for autism! Join the nearly 15,000 participants who will come together to spread awareness, fundraise our mission and connect families impacted by autism. We walk together to enhance the lives of people living with autism.
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, and loved ones!
Since 2005, The Arizona Autism Speaks Walk in partnership with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center SARRC, has raised over $8.8 million to help improve the quality of life for individuals with Autism and their families. Half of all proceeds raised fund direct services and resources through SARRC right here in Arizona; while the other half aids Autism Speaks mission to enhance lives today while accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow for those affected by Autism. Our strength as a community is powered by love and built on the commitment of individuals like you. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism.
More About the Arizona
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.
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 your local Autism Speaks Walk staff member.
If your team raises $5,000 or more by October 18, your team will receive reserved space in the Autism Speaks Walk Team Village. There are a variety of benefits that come with having a spot in the Team Village: a 10x10 tent along with a table and chairs.
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!
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.