Autism Walk Set for Wednesday

BAR HARBOR — Local children with autism, their family members and caregivers from Downeast Horizons will participate in their Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon in Bar Harbor on Wednesday, April 20. The 1 1/2-mile Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street at Agamont Park, overlooking the town pier and Frenchman Bay, then proceed up Main Street to Mount Desert Street, turn right onto Eden Street, then turn right on Cottage Street and continue back to Agamont Park.


The Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon is coordinated through the Downeast Horizons Children’s Services Program. “Our purpose is simply to bring community awareness to autism, to bring those with autism out into the open air where they are part of our community,” notes Nikki Cutchens, children’s administrator of Downeast Horizons in Bar Harbor, provider of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. “We’ll be out for a walk, yet just to be out and about to raise awareness of autism amongst our neighbors means it is a new day in our society that would not have happened not so many years ago.”

Donations to and proceeds from the Autism Awareness Walk-a-thon will continue to build an autism resource library at Downeast Horizons. This resource will enable families, friends and staff to understand the unique needs of those with autism spectrum disorders.

“We learn much from autistic children in our programs,” said Ms. Cutchens. “What we have to give to them is more than returned by what they give to us. They belong here, and we want to make that very clear in a simple and enjoyable way, rain or shine.”


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