Walk the Spectrum
My Autism Connection, a local autism support organization, will hold its inaugural Walk the Spectrum event from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Estero Community Park. The event is open to the public. Registration to participate in the walk starts at $25 per person, with group discounts for teams.
After the walk, attendees can enjoy entertainment, food trucks and activities, including a kids talent showcase, sensory activities by Elite DNA Therapy Services, kids-focused workshop by Home Depot, finger printing by Lee County Sheriff's Office and more. In addition, Lee County Sheriff's Office will have information available about GPS tracking systems and TSA Cares will have information about its Wings for Autism program, which helps families with children on the autism spectrum prepare for and provides assistance during travel.
A wide range of raffle prizes will be available, including sporting event tickets, local destination passes and gift cards. All funds raised through Walk the Spectrum will be used locally to support the families and their children affected by autism.
Event sponsors include AltaHOPE, Lee Health Foundation, Elite DNA Therapy Services, Mind and Brain Care, J&C Equipment, Suncoast Credit Union and Southwest Florida Estate Planning. My Autism Connection is a volunteer-run organization, with no paid staff. Board members include Director Paul Makurat, Vice President Tree Tietsort, Treasurer Elena Trumper, Secretary Erika Kiah, Director Amy D'Alessandro, Director Lisa Portnoy, Volunteer Coordinator Neda Westerfield, and Director of Communications Stan Chambers. Walk the Spectrum committee members include Manya Vartdal, Ann Reynolds and Alicia Cimeno.
Registration and full event details are available online at www.walkthespectrum.org.
My Autism Connection was started in 2011 to fill a need for individuals with Asperger's and high-functioning autism and their families. The organization assists by building friendships through social interaction and developing skills that promote productivity, employment and independence within the community. Through collaboration with federal and state agencies, the organization strives to grow its services and facilitate workshops to broaden awareness nationwide. For more information, visit www.myautismconnection.net.