Autism Community Walk Works for You

The Fourth Annual Autism Community Walk 2019 will be held on Sunday, October 20 at beautiful Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon, NY (Exit 38 on the Southern State Parkway). Registration starts at 9 am with the 2.1 mile, flat walk kicking off at 11 am. Activities go through 2 pm. Rain or Shine. Dogs on a leash are welcome. There will be lots of fun activities for kids. Bring a lunch and make a day of it! 

The Autism Community Walk, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to address the many unmet needs of people affected by autism and developmental disabilities. Resources are always a pressing need. And our needs are growing: adult housing, research, employment, safety, pre-school services, special education budgets and standards, access to health care, civil rights, Medicaid - all are mightily affected by decision makers, and our families need a strong voice and ongoing representation before New York legislators, the State Regents, and other powerful decision making bodies where our families are rarely heard. We want to assure that there is a strong and consistent voice for people with autism and related disorders and their families. And with your help we will.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signing autism health insurance reform legislation with Autism Community Walk founder Michael Smith and his son Alexander Smith.

Autism Community Walk is Different

We share the revenue. Nonprofit organizations that support and provide services to people with autism and developmental disabilities are invited to join us in our unique joint fundraising efforts.

Autism Action Network, Foundation for Autism Information and Research, Talk Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Friendship Circle, My Kids My Choice, New York Alliance for Vaccine Rights and the Jonathan Carey Foundation have all taken advantage of this easy and very low-cost fundraising opportunity. Contact us for more information call us at (516) 382-0081 or email us at

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Michael Sussman.

Grand Marshall, Michael Sussman

We are honored to have Michael Sussman as this year's Grand Marshall. Michael has a long and highly successful career as one of America's leading civil rights attorneys. He is currently ligating against the State of New York to return the right to attend school to 26,000 students, including an estimated 10,000 special education students, who lost that right with the recent repeal of the religious exemption from vaccine mandates.

Michael has done pioneering work in civil rights, fighting public corruption, special education and environmental protection. He represented scores of disabled children in their quest for proper education placements and programs. He and his firm represented a class of non-verbal 3-5 year old autistic children who were abused in a highly renowned program run by the Mahopac School District. Michael also fought for the rights of disabled adults, winning a multi-million dollar settlement for a group of adults institutionalized at SLS in Putnam County. Representing the Yonkers Branch of the NAACP between 1981 and 2007, Sussman won more than $400 million from the City of Yonkers, HUD, and the State of New York to repair the damages they caused by promoting school and housing segregation in Yonkers. His fight was depicted in the HBO miniseries, “Show Me a Hero.”

Michael's lawsuit, F. F. vs. State of New York, is currently working it's way through the New York Courts and we believe it may eventually reach the US Supreme Court. Please join us in welcoming Michael Sussman.

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