Families and teachers and those touched by autism came together for the annual event.
This is year number 12 and it gets bigger and bigger every year. Every one coming together and walking side by side to help each other.
Dogs were even decked out for a competition.
It takes a lot of volunteers come to put this on, even students at Choate get in on the day, more than 200 were sprinkled about on the walk route and on the green helping to facilitate the crowd.
I was given the honor of cutting the ribbon at this year’s event.
It’s amazing what can happen when people come together for a common cause, this is the way the world gets changed for the better.
There were many teams walking at this event including “Team New Haven” which is a group of dedicated teachers who specialize in teaching children on the autism spectrum.
One of the organizers of this event is Julie Hipp who has more energy than that battery bunny. Julie is President of the Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center. Julie helps to train autistic adults go out into the workforce and that includes an organization called Roses for Autism Roses for Autism is located in Guilford and is an enormous rose farm, formerly Pinchbecks. I did a previous post on the rose farm which you can see here.
Also Lois Rosenwald was in attendance. Lois is credited with being a pioneer in the state for creating resources and training for families with autism.
It was an awesome day in May for this event, a perfect sunny day in the 80’s for an awe inspiring group of people who are trying their best to help those who are living with autism.