The Oswego County Autism Task Force is in full swing with activities to promote autism awareness this month.
The eighth annual Family Fun Walk for Autism will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at Leighton School and Wilber Field in Oswego.
People of all ages can enjoy inflatables, face painting, crafts and a bubble area. Several local agencies will also provide a variety of activities, along with an information area where people can learn about specific resources available in Oswego County.
For the sixth 6th year in a row, the Task Force is seeking nominations for the “Friend of Autism” award. A new twist to the nomination process this year is that award nominations can be submitted in any manner or form in which you choose, such as writing a letter, designing a poster, creating a powerpoint, writing a song or producing a video on YouTube.
There will be a booth available at the Family Fun Walk for those needing assistance with preparing a video. Award nominees must be an Oswego County community member (individual or group, team or agency) who lives or works in the county, who has made a positive impact on those living with autism.
Nominees cannot be a current Oswego County Autism Task Force member. All nominees will be honored at a reception in May, where the winner will be announced. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, May 8.
This year, the Task Force is holding a Team Spirit Banner Contest during the Fun Walk event. Show your team spirit by designing your own Autism Banner – be creative and have fun!
There will be a prize for the most creative banner.
This fun-filled day is a fundraiser for the Autism Task Force and will help offset the costs of activities the group puts on during the year. It is a free event and open to the public.
In addition to reviewing award submissions and planning for the Family Fun Walk, the Task Force is offering the Brianna Cahill Scholarship to qualifying graduating seniors who are planning post-secondary education or vocational school this fall.
Scholarship winners must be a student in an Oswego County public high school, along with the following criteria: our application must be completed by the student. The recipient must be accepted to a post-secondary or vocational school. The recipient must be currently diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. All scholarship applications must be received by the autism task force by May 1 for final review.
For more information, call Theresa Familo at 598-7672. All submissions can be sent to Familo at Parents of Special Children, Inc., 2 B Tower Drive, Fulton, NY, 13069, by their stated deadlines.