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Help us reach our goal!

In addition to coming together in person to help create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential, each Walk will retain the fun, remote-participation options introduced last year. Your safety is our priority — and no matter how you choose to participate, your support will be recognized and celebrated. Our community is stronger together, and we can't wait to celebrate one another and the amazing impact we are making together for people with autism and their families. Whether near or far, let's rally together on Walk day!

NJ Shore Walk

The Great Lawn



Kristen Apen

NJ Shore Walk

Dance with Arlo

We walk in honor of our Arlo! Arlo is 4 years old. He loves space, Pixar movies, school, and cake pops. He loves sensory toys- give this boy a bowl of water beads or shaving cream and he'll be psyched. He jumps, dances, and flaps his arms when he is excited. If you're lucky enough, he might even ask you to Dance with Arlo. Oh my goodness how he loves to be tickled. He's so smart, sweet, funny, loving, and happy. Arlo is autistic. He was diagnosed at the age of 2. He also has expressive and receptive language disorder, so while he's verbal, we're still working on conversations. He won't really tell you his name or age, but he can count into the thousands and knows 3rd grade geometry. He thinks and processes the world in his own beautiful way. While we were busy trying to get him to say hi as a toddler, he was labeling dinosaurs, planets, and sea creatures. Like any other person, there are many things he is really good at, and some things at are more difficult.

We are walking to raise funds for the mission of Autism Speaks - to fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services for the autism community- to ensure a world of inclusion, acceptence, accomodation, and awareness for Arlo and the autism community, so those who think and process the world differently can live their best lives. 

Join our team in raising funds to have a voice with legislators, to have access to the information and resources we need, to support research and medical discovery, and to help fund local services through the mission of Autism Speaks. Together, we can accomplish amazing things for people living with autism.

Join the team and begin your fundraising journey today! Set your individual goal at $150 and you’ll be eligible for a Walk Tee Shirt – which, by the way, was purchased from a business that employs people with autism.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts- The Austin Family


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NJ Shore Walk

date Location schedule contact
The Great Lawn 10:00 a.m. - Registration (Walk is Rain or Shine)~11:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies~11:45 a.m. - Walk Start~12:15 p.m. - Post-walk activities Kristen Apen (609) 228-7324

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