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ThinkDIFFERENTLY EVENTS

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While we make plans for our next ThinkDIFFERENTLY event, be sure to check out the Community Calendar for exciting, inclusive events happening all over Dutchess County!

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Community Calendar ( List View )

September 26, 2020
  • Greater Hudson Valley Autism Speaks-Walk on Wheels! September 26, 2020  9:00 am - 12:00 pm Dutchess Stadium, 1500 NY-9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, USA

    This year, we're getting creative and giving you several exciting options to determine how you want to come together as a community (in person or in spirit!), and celebrate how your commitment to raising vital funds for people with autism is making a real difference today and every day.

    Option 1 — Hit the road with us to Walk on Wheels!

    On Saturday, September 26, 2020, we will host the Autism Speaks Walk on Wheels — an organized interactive car parade and festival driven by kindness. Inspired by the car parades that have brought joy to so many during these times of social distancing, we are offering this option to convene our community, while safely spread apart, as we hit the road to celebrate together. Learn More

    Option 2 — Go virtual and bring Walk home!

    If W-O-W (yup, that's what we're calling it!) doesn't work for you, there is just as much fun to be had when you participate from home. Walk 1.54 miles with your friends and family (for the 1 in 54 U.S. kids with autism) or get together with your team to celebrate locally while maintaining safe social distancing recommendations.

    Option 3 — Show us how you Walk to the beat of your own drum. Get creative!

    If there's one thing we know about our Walk community… it's that there's no shortage of ways you show how much you care about people with autism. So, get those creative wheels turning, and show us your amazing, inspiring and shareable ideas (neighborhood car parade of your own? community scavenger hunt? sidewalk chalk art installation? online Bingo?) to celebrate Walk a little differently this year. Who knows, maybe your idea will inspire other Walkers to do the same!

    Whether you're on the spectrum, love someone who is or are looking to support a diverse, accepting and kind community you're invited. And no matter how you choose to join us, the way that works for you is the right way to participate.

    Keep checking in so you don't miss a thing as we add new activities and details. Walk day is coming fast and we could not be more excited to see your smiling faces (from a safe distance!), your decorated cars, the signs in your yards how you'll get creative to raise awareness and create a kinder, more inclusive world.

     

    Event Details

     

    Date

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

    Location

    Hudson Valley Renegades Dutchess Stadium

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    Schedule

    9:00 a.m. - Registration 10:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies

    Contact

    Jena Schneider, Sr. Director - Field Development
    (914) 598-7836
    greaterhudsonvalleywalk@autismspeaks.org

    Greater Hudson Valley GOAL

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Community Calendar ( Monthly View )

September 2020

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  • ThinkDIFFERENTLY Drive-Thru Picnic
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  • Ramapo for Children Staff Assistant Experience-Info Session
  • SSI & SSDI While Working
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  • Ramapo for Children Staff Assistant Experience-Info Session
  • ASL Chat of the Hudson Valley-presented by Taconic Resources for Independence
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  • Parent Support Group-Center for Spectrum Services
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  • Special Education PTA - in Spanish
  • Special Education PTA meeting
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  • Greater Hudson Valley Autism Speaks-Walk on Wheels!
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