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Walkers advocate and take action for the diverse needs of the autism community. Their efforts help generate funds that fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services. Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives’.

The commitment of individuals like you plays a critical role in raising the funding needed to fuel innovative research and lifelong supports and services. Working together, there is no limit to what we can achieve. Please register and fundraise for an Autism Speaks Walk near you.

To learn more about autism, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org or contact our Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 or en Español 888-772-9050, or email familyservices@autismspeaks.org. FAQ

What is the Autism Speaks Walk?

Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest fundraising event to enhance the lives of people with autism today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. The Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, children, siblings, friends, relatives, and support providers for the special people in their lives living with autism. Funds raised help fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services. Begin your fundraising today: REGISTER for an Autism Speaks Walk near you.

How do I register?
To register online, go to http://act.autismspeaks.org/walk search by zip code to find your event. You can also contact your local walk staff member by scrolling to the Event Details page of your local walk.

Walk Day registration is also available although we strongly encourage everyone to register pre-event. Early registration enables you to take advantage of our new “Express Check-In.” Bypass the long registration lines and be on your way to enjoy the many activities that much sooner! Check the homepage of the site you are participating in for specific information.

How much is registration?
Because the Autism Speaks Walk is a fundraising event, we do not charge a mandatory registration fee. Rather, we encourage you to set a fundraising goal and utilize the tools provided to share your story and ask your family and friends for their support. The money you raise helps fuel the Autism Speaks mission to enhance the lives of people with autism through innovative research and service and support programs. We hope that everyone will raise a minimum of $150 to receive our one-of-a kind commemorative Walk T-shirt.

Do I need to register my child/children for the walk?
Children who are under 18 and wish to fundraise for the walk should register online. Children under 18 who will just be participating on walk day do not need to register online but we will need their guardian to fill out a waiver form at the registration tent on walk day.
DONATIONS

Where do the funds from the Walk go?
Autism Speaks is dedicated to advancing research into causes and better treatments for autism spectrum disorders and related conditions both through direct funding and collaboration; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders; and working toward solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families across the spectrum and lifespan through advocacy and support.

Autism Speaks 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

How do I donate?
There are several easy ways to donate:

Donate online to a specific team, individual participant or walk via their fundraising page
Donate on walk day: Cash, check and credit card donations are accepted
Donate via mail

Make checks payable to Autism Speaks and mail to:

Autism Speaks Walk
P.O. Box 199
Rocky Hill, NJ 08553-0199

If you wish to credit a particular team or individual please be sure to include an offline donation form found on that individuals fundraising page or a note that states:
Walk Name, Individual or Team to Credit

PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH IN THE MAIL

Donations can also be turned in the day of the walk. Please make sure an offline donation form, found on the walker homepage, accompanies each donation to ensure proper credit. We strongly encourage all participants to mail their donations to the Rocky Hill, NJ address above prior to walk day.
During the heaviest fundraising weeks of the walk (April, June and September - October), please allow up to 2 weeks for mailed donations to be fully processed.

What if my donors need a receipt?
When a donor gives online, they will receive an automatic thank you letter that can be used as a receipt. All other acknowledgment letters will be mailed after the event. If you donated to a Walk event and you didn’t receive a thank you letter, please contact us at ClevelandWalk@AutismSpeaks.org.

I mailed a donation to the Walk but it’s not listed on my honor scroll.
Please allow 10-15 business days for processing. If the donation does not appear after 15 business days, please contact us at ClevelandWalk@AutismSpeaks.org.

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