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Vote As If Your Life Depends On It

By Kim Niederst, Ohio Walk-Events Director, who represented Autism Speaks at Friday's National Forum on Disabilities Issues held in Columbus.

Our community needs your vote!

On Friday, September 28, I had the privilege of representing Autism Speaks at the 2012 National Forum on Disabilities.  I do not have a specific interest in politics; my knowledge of the candidates and the election stems from the numerous political advertisements on television.  I vote the party line and have for years.  I will admit, I am one uneducated voter.

2011 Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks Recap


The weather was magnificent for the fourth annual Columbus Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center.  15,000 walkers attended and raised $950,000 and counting – well on our way to the $1 million mark.  Participants enjoyed the famous White Castle coffee, numerous breakfast themed ice cream treats from Dairy Queen and gluten-casein free snacks from Raisin Rack.  People were not the only ones to enjoy the day as the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, therapy dogs and miniature horses attended the festivities.

Light It Up Blue isn't only in April!

Congratulations go out to David Kahle of the Cincinnati Walk as he completed his Light It Up Blue and autism awareness crusade around the city of Cincinnati. 

David, Kelly, and Parker went around town thanking the businesses who had ‘gone blue’ or held blue parties. 

He picks up his framed proclamations and highlights his team’s experience on a beautiful sunny Walk day at Coney Island amusement park. 

Parker's Parade Continues to Spread Awareness

With support from the Milford Chamber of Commerce, team captain David K. and his family shared autism awareness at local businesses and helped them to ‘go blue’ for autism awareness month in Ohio.  He has chronicled his journey in this third installment of going blue.

Additionally, he and his team, Parker’s Parade, hosted not one, but TWO ‘blue parties’, at which he featured proclamations from his city, raffles and prizes, and support from former Cincinnati Bengals football player Robert Jackson. 

Way to go Parker’s Parade!