WAAAlk for Autism on April 2nd, 2017

 

WAAAlk for Autism

WAAAlk for Autism is an inclusive and family friendly celebration to provide resource information for families, raise funds for Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA), and celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday, April 2nd. Join WAAA as we raise funds and awareness to support improved insurance access and effective services in schools and communities for kids with autism and developmental disabilities across Washington State.

HOW?

We are gearing up for our WAAAlk for Autism event coming up on April 2nd, 2017 with our goal to raise $75,000 so WAAA can continue to help and support families and individuals touched by Autism throughout our state. Each Champion and their team will set their own goal in honor of the families that WAAA continues to support.

WHY?

So we can:

  • Provide technical assistance and trainings to school personnel that promote the use of positive interventions and reduce reliance on harmful restraint and seclusion
  • Improve access to effective education programs for students with autism that include: Individualized assessment, functional curriculum, research-based instruction methods, data-based staffing ratios, family involvement, data tracking, professional development and the same expectation of academic achievement as non-disabled peers
  • Promote an adequate network of healthcare providers (including behavioral and neurodevelopment therapies) with bonafide autism experience statewide, regardless of the funding source (Medicaid, private insurance)
  • We are proud that one of our many accomplishments means $25,000 - $50,000 in treatment is funded by insurance instead of families enduring a massive financial burden. WAAA recognizes that, only by tackling the difficult policy problems at the legal state level, we can one day realize our mission of all individuals can flourish with evidence based treatment.

 

WHEN & WHERE?

Sunday April 2nd, 2017
Marina Park
25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive
Kirkland, WA 98033
10:00am - 2:00pm
The walk will be held in Downtown Kirkland on Lake Street. Our fun fair and resource booths will be located in Marina Park.

Become a Fundraiser and Champion!

Our walk exists because we want to celebrate our achievements in the autism community. The goal is to not only raise donations, but to continue raising awareness, advocacy, and resources for families living with ASD. Download the Champion Packet here.

What is my role?

We send out emails and ask, ask, ask! We share our personal stories of our love, joy and struggles of the journey. Every donation and gift, big or small makes a huge difference.

Not only do we need donations, but our message is to continue our program by providing resources, enhancing the community, and advocating for implementation of legislation. Our walk is to support all who share our story.

After registration, you can set up your own personal page and your team page! Your Champion Page is for recruiting and managing your team. Send emails, track team donations, and get updates on team member's status.

Share, Share, Share on Social Media

Send a Facebook message or update your Facebook status.

Fundraising Updates

Update your friends and family on your fundraising status through emails and Facebook status

My Champion Page

Create your own personal and team page with photos and content. Share your story and reasons for walking Create your own fundraising page

Email

Send emails to recruit team members, send updates, and request donations. Keep track of who you've reached out to.

 

 

Best of Luck!

Sincerely, Arzu Forough, CEO & Founder at WAAA

Where does my money go?

A:Your generous contribution will go to these projects this year:

  • Providing technical assistance and trainings to school personnel that promote the use of positive interventions and reduce reliance on restraint and seclusion.
  • Improving access to effective education programs for students with autism that include: Individualized assessment, Funcional curriculum, Research-based teaching, Data-based staffing ratios, Family involvement, Data Tracking, Training and supervision.
  • Promoting an adequate network of healthcare providers (including behavioral and neurodevelopment therapies) with bonafide autism experience statewide, regardless of the funding source (Medicaid, private insurance).
See more at http://www.washingtonautismadvocacy.org/updates/online-matching-gifts/

Support a Champion

Check out our Champions' personal fundraising pages at https://www.crowdrise.com/WAAAlkForAutism2017

Thank you for your support

As you know raising a child with autism can sometimes feel like the loneliest job in the world.

The diagnosis can be distressing for parents - and finding the resources and support to help a child with autism succeed can be very challenging.

At Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy, our goal is to ensure that every child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gets the health benefits and education needed to thrive and succeed in life, regardless of the family's socioeconomic status.

That's why I'm asking for your help.

There are more than 15,500 school-age children in Washington who have ASD. They are entitled to special programs to help them become successful, yet as you know these services are extremely difficult to obtain and negotiate with schools.

Without direct help, these children may face ineffective schooling and lack preparation for graduation and success in life. You know how effective we are with helping families access health insurance benefits. We would like to create a similar network to help families with navigating the special education maze.

We are looking for champions to join WAAALK for Autism, form a team of walkers, and help raise funds.

Who We Are

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy is a personal advocate and legislative champion for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

What we do

Our mission is to ensure that all children and adults with ASD have every opportunity to thrive and become productive members of society.

We do this by helping families access autism health insurance benefits, effective services in schools, and supportive community-based services, regardless of their personal financial situation.

How we do it

Our organization works diligently to bridge the gap between the many health and education policies that exist to serve children and adults with ASD, and the educators, politicians, and medical providers who want to support these policies but don't always succeed in doing it.

We focus on

  1. Providing pro bono guidance, counseling, coordination, training, resources, and legal support to families and professionals, to help them attain effective autism treatment and socially significant rehabilitative programs statewide.
  2. Offering pro bono community services such as support groups, a respite care program, and peer social communication portals so families of children with ASD can connect, share experiences, and feel less overwhelmed by the intensity of caring for an autistic child.
  3. Lobbying for legislation that directly supports and improves the health, safety, and education of children and adults with ASD, then working to connect the dots to make sure the policies are actually implemented to support those in need.

What your funding makes possible

Washington state has an estimated 15,500 children with ASD, and many of them are from low-income families. We want every one of them, rich or poor, to have an equal chance to thrive and succeed in life.

With your financial support, WAAA can:

  • Provide both full-service health law and full-service education advocacy free of charge, enabling families in need all across Washington to receive critical health and education benefits to care for their autistic children.
  • Triple our statewide network of advocates from 10 to 30, thereby shortening the time between a family's need for support and receipt of that support.
  • Develop a statewide network of autism healthcare providers (including behavioral and allied health treatments) who will serve all patients, regardless of their funding source (Medicaid, private insurance) or ability to pay.
  • Continue our push for laws to expand funding and training for all public school teachers, not just special education instructors.
  • Pursue litigation to hold public and private insurers and institutions accountable to provide the kind of care that families, children, and adults who are dealing with ASD deserve.

Volunteer for the WAAAlk

 

Come support our WAAAlk for Autism and Volunteer with us! We will need all hands on deck preparing for the walk, day of the walk and after the walk! If you want to give back to your community and support a great cause then sign up to volunteer today! Just fill out a volunteer application and send it to Jess at volunteer@washingtonautismadvocacy.org and we will get you signed up! Thank you! Click here to see all the volunteer opportunities

Want to Volunteer?

By giving us a few hours of your time, it will help us with the Autism Awareness:

We need to fill in 100 volunteer positions:

7AM Morning shifts:

9 for setup of tables & chairs
8 for registration
4 for traffic control of vendor load in
4 for traffic sign setup
4 for marking booth placements

10AM Midday shifts:

4 for water hand out at Marsh Park turnaround
30 for walk route monitors and crossing guards
8 for event safety
8 for walk escorts

2PM Afternoon shifts:

8 for tear down of tables & chairs
8 for cleanup and walk through
4 for traffic control of vendor load out
4 for traffic sign tear down

Volunteer

Become a Vendor/Resource Fair Provider

We are gearing up for our Annual "WAAAlk for Autism" on April 2nd, 2017 Come and celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with our walk and resource fair. The event is a 3k fun walk and resource fair.

The event will take place in Kirkland at the beautiful Marina Park (25 Lakeshore Drive). We will offer our fair participants plenty of exposure in high traffic areas from the walk with an estimated turnout of approximately 500 walkers.

We are celebrating all that are touched by autism, those individuals and families. We want to recognize the many gifts this unique group brings into our lives by walking for them. All proceeds for this event will be going towards continuing to develop our Special Education Program. With the increase in members and their needs for educational guidance on IEP's (Individual Education Programs), students rights and advocacy for change in school districts to ensure these students have every opportunity to excel in today's complex society, we need your help.

We are also looking for fundraiser champions from your organization to help our efforts and also help raise funds in honor of the 2,800 families that WAAA offers free assistance and the 12,000 individuals that we have served statewide.

This will be a day you will not want to miss! Please see our sponsor vs. vendor information to decide what criteria your organization is. If you made your decision, just download the vendor welcome packet form here and send it to us.

Registration deadline for participating in the resource fair March 1st, 2017.

Registration deadline for advertising on flyers and program Feb. 22nd, 2017.

Resource booth fees on sliding scale -

  • Non-Profit Rate: $50 (Sponsor vs Vendor rule applies to nonprofits)
  • For-Profit Rate: $75

 

FREE – Register a Walk Team and raise $2,250 (for profit organization) or $500 (non-profit organization) and the booth is free! Raise a little more and we'll throw in the tent too!

10 x 10 pop-up tent: $70

Vendors receive with your booth:

 

  • 10' x 10' booth space
  • One (1) 8-foot table and two (2) chairs
  • Access to a target audience

 

What your organization will need to provide:

 

  • A 10 x 10 tent for your space. (PLEASE NOTE: There is an option on the application to rent a tent through our vendor at a reduced rate).
  • Appropriate signage and a tablecloth for your booth
  • Appropriate staffing
  • One kid-friendly activity such as a carnival-type activity, coloring or arts and crafts project.

 

If you need ideas for or have questions about kid-friendly activities to provide, please contact Jess at jess@WashingtonAutismAdvocacy.org

Vendor vs Sponsor

Vendors get 10X10 booth space at the WAAAlk for Autism (Kirkland Marina), visibility on the day of the walk. In addition, vendors' booth activity will be displayed in our brochure to give additional visibility to our attendees.

Sponsors support the WAAA Walk through different sponsorship levels that will give them presence at WAAA Walk depending on the level the sponsor selected.

WHO CANNOT BE A VENDOR AND MUST BE A SPONSOR INSTEAD?

- Any company with more than $1 million in gross annual revenue
- Healthcare Companies & healthcare non-profits must sign up as a sponsor

 

Levels

Presenting: $5,000

Impact: Provides pro-bono, end-to-end special education advocacy to support one low income family with linguistic and cultural barriers.

Leadership: $3,000

Impact: Delivers family systems counseling (SPA) to six parents for one year.

Ally: $1,500

Impact: Insurance or Special Ed training workshop for 80 families and professionals.

Advocate: $1,000

Impact: Allows an ASPIRE girl to attend group for one year.

 

FUN is a big part of the Family Fun & Resource Fair! All booth vendors and corporate partners are requested to bring a kid-friendly activity as part of your booth set-up.

 

For more questions to hold a booth and/or to become a fundraiser, please contact us: info@washingtonautismadvocacy.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is WAAALK for Autism?

A: This WAAAlk for Autism is a day for our community to come together to honor and recognize the 2,800 families and 12,000 individuals that WAAA has helped Statewide. It is a day to celebrate the unique gifts that each individual and family touched with Autism brings into our lives.

Q: How does WAAALK for Autism Work?

A: We are gearing up for our WAAALK for Autism event coming up on April 2nd, 2017 with our goal to raise $75,000 so WAAA can continue to help and support families and individuals touched by Autism throughout our state. Each Champion and their team will set their own goal in honor of the families that WAAA continues to support.

Q: Where does my money go?

A: Your generous contribution will go to these projects this year:

  • Providing technical assistance and trainings to school personnel that promote the use of positive interventions and reduce reliance on restraint and seclusion.
  • Improving access to effective education programs for students with autism that include: Individualized assessment, Functional curriculum, Research-based teaching, Data-based staffing ratios, Family involvement, Data Tracking, Training and supervision.
  • Promoting an adequate network of healthcare providers (including behavioral and neurodevelopment therapies) with bonafide autism experience statewide, regardless of the funding source (Medicaid, private insurance).
See more at http://www.washingtonautismadvocacy.org/updates/get-involved/

 

Q: What if I receive cash donations?

A: The best and safest way is to record and organize your donors' names and amounts and then converting your cash total to a check or a money order. If you can, cover the entire amount with your personal check along with all donation information so credit is applied to all of your generous donors. If this is unattainable, you can bring your cash donations and information to the walk.

Q: Is there a fee to participate?

No. There are no fees to participate.

Q: What if it rains?

A: The walk will be held "rain or shine." Please bring appropriate attire for the weather that day.

Q: What if my donors don't want to donate online?

A: Donations can be mailed directly to our address. Please have them submit the corresponding donation forms with their check for credit and for your fundraising efforts. Our Address:

Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy
16225 NE 87th St. Suite A-2
Redmond, WA 98052

Q: Do I have to fill out one donation form for each check?

A: Yes. We need to give credit for all of your fundraising efforts.

Q: Who should checks be made payable to?

A: Please ask that check donations be payable to: WAAA or Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy

WAAAlk Schedule for April 2nd, 2017 at Kirkland Marina Park

10am Walker Registration

10:30am Welcome Message and Presentations

11am Walk begins

12pm Walk Ends

12pm - 2pm Family Fun Fair


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Register to WAAAlk with us

We are gearing up for our WAAAlk for Autism event on April 2nd, 2017 with a goal of raising $75,000 so WAAA can continue to help and support families and individuals touched by Autism throughout our state. Come WAAAlk with us!

 

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April 2nd, 2017 10:00 AM   through   2:00 PM
Downtown Kirkland / Marina Park
25 Lakeshore Plaza Dr
Kirkland, WA 98033
United States

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