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Successful outing at Arkansas walk kickoff and ATN town hall

August 11, 2016

On Tuesday, August 9th, Autism Speaks Arkansas in collaboration with the Arkansas Autism Treatment Network (ATN), Arkansas Children’s Hospital and University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) hosted The 2016 Arkansas Autism Speaks Walk Kickoff and ATN Town Hall. With 100 people in attendance, teams, families, service providers and autism experts received information about the Autism Speaks Walk and Autism Speaks’ impact in Arkansas, details on some of the ATN’s most out-of-the-box programs including CoBalt, ECHO, and Family Care Navigators, and networked amongst themselves forming an even stronger bond throughout the Arkansas Autism Community.

With Ed Buckner from THV 11 as the night’s Master of Ceremonies, the evening began with a very special performance from Cheer City United: Kronos Cheerleaders, a special needs cheer team. Welcomes were delivered from President and CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Marcy Doderer, and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, UAMS and Pediatrician-in-Chief, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Dr. Richard Jacobs.

All in attendance became excited for the upcoming Walk on October 1. Participants were energized as they learned from veteran top teams creative fundraising tips, heard all of the exciting happenings in the 2016 Walk from Walk Chair, Dawn Itzkowitz, and truly witnessed how each dollar raised through the Walk impacts the state of Arkansas and the autism community.

If you are interested in learning more about the Arkansas Autism Speaks Walk on October 1, please visit