2022 Autism Walk aims to help promote awareness, understanding

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UTICA — April is Autism Awareness Month, and the Kelberman Center will host the 2022 Autism Walk to promote awareness and understanding from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at The Fitness Mill, 1707 Oriskany St. W. With 1 in 44 children diagnosed with autism each day, the Kelberman Center promotes understanding and acceptance of autism within the community.

The walk is sponsored by lead sponsor The Fitness Mill and platinum sponsors CWSI; Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig Insurance; Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation; and in loving memory of Dr. Raouf Kodsy. Event organizers encourage friends, family members, school groups, businesses, etc. to walk to raise autism acceptance within the community.

To get started, anyone can create or join a walk team by visiting kelbermancenter.org and clicking the Walk for Autism button on the homepage.  All proceeds from the Walk for Autism will help provide support for children, adults and families with autism in the community.  

Also during April, local businesses will be selling puzzle pieces throughout the area to support The Kelberman Center. They include 16 Stone Brewpub, BE.- Life, Art, Magic, Brandit Imprints, Consignment Chick, Divine Kneads, East Rome Barbershop, Engelbert’s Jewelers, Holland Farms, Keaton & Lloyd Bookshop, Mastrovito Hyundai, Peter’s Cornucopia, Symeon’s, The Boulevard Diner, The Fitness Mill, Toccolana Club, Utopia and Virago. Stop into these businesses to purchase puzzle pieces to show your support. For more information, contact Kelly Carinci, chief development & communications officer at The Kelberman Center, at kelly.carinci@kelbermancenter.org. 

The Kelberman Center is the leading provider of autism services for children, adults and families in the Mohawk Valley and Central New York. The center provides comprehensive programming and services for people throughout all phases of life, from early childhood through adulthood, including home and community based, educational, clinical, residential and recreation and camp.

The goal is to meet people and families where they are in life and to support them every step of the way on their journeys navigating autism. The expert staff at The Kelberman Center empower the people the center supports with specialized, one-of-a-kind programs, resources, support and wrap-around services, creating a fulling, life-enriching experience for people and families. 

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