Chattanooga will host its Inaugural walk to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) on Saturday, November 9, at Coolidge Park. The 2.3 mile walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. and head across the Walnut Street (pedestrian) bridge, around the art district, and back to the park. The route will provide spectacular views of the Chattanooga Riverfront and will include dozens of sponsored banners showing various facts about Autism.
The Chattanooga Autism Center (CAC), a local parent-driven resource center and clinic, is in charge of the walk. Proceeds generated by this event fund CAC programs such as its outpatient autism clinic, support group for adults with autism, autism workshops, annual conference, an autism resource room, Greater Chattanooga Aspies, the Cleveland-CAC, training programs for kids and adults with autism, and many more projects and supports.
Participants will have activities provided prior to the walk and prior to the start Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will help kick off the walk. There is no race, therefore the walk is accessible to all families and community members. Strollers and dogs are welcome!
Walkers and supporters must register, which can be done via the official website: www.chattautismwalk.com. Participants receive high-quality long-sleeve shirts and have options to purchase a commemorative bracelet. Families, organizations, and businesses are encouraged to create Teams and compete for prizes for getting others to join or to donate to their team. Donations are also encouraged.
The CAC hopes to attract more than 1,000 participants to the Chattanooga Autism Awareness Walk. As with any event of this size, volunteers are needed to make it a success. Those interested in volunteering can sign up on the website. The website also offers a variety of Corporate-level sponsorship opportunities to help support the event.
For more information on the event, volunteer and/or sponsorship opportunities, see the website or call Gina Mitch (Event Chair) at 779-8562 or Dave Buck (CAC Executive Director) at 531-6961.