For your convenience download the On-Site registration form, complete and bring to the Walk on Saturday.

The Walk for Autism is our signature fundraising event which brings together thousands of participants annually.  This Walk originally started to raise awareness in our local community.  Today, the Walk for Autism has evolved to not only raise awareness, but is our primary fundraiser to increase direct support to individuals and families living with autism in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

16th Annual Walk for Autism
Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Walk Route for 2017!  Providing additional space for our walkers.  


We are pleased to announce our 2017 Walk Chair Family!   
Shanda and Greg Coleman with their children, Kevin and Maggie


We are the Coleman family and we are honored to be the chair family of Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania’s 16th Annual Walk for Autism.

Autism Society NWPA has been a valuable resource for our family since we moved here for Greg to take a position as President of the Erie SeaWolves six years ago.  Before making the decision to move to Erie, it was critical to know that our son Kevin would receive the autism supports he needed.  We called Autism Society NWPA, and the Executive Director shared valuable information about state law, school programs, and social outings.  We were quickly assured that Erie would be a perfect fit for our family.

A few weeks after our arrival, we attended our first monthly social outing.  It was an excellent opportunity to learn more about our new community and meet people in a judgment-free environment.  In the years since, Kevin and his younger sister Maggie have enjoyed the monthly outings and participated in LEGO Social Club.  As parents, we have benefited from Autism Society NWPA’s educational opportunities including the annual Autism in Our Community Event.  Now that Kevin has reached his teen years, Autism Society NWPA is there for our family again with the Friends & Pals Teen Club.  Kevin is making friends while learning important unwritten social rules that will prepare him for adulthood.

The kind of family support we receive from Autism Society NWPA is unlike anything we had before coming to Erie.  This organization is unique and a valuable asset to the entire community.  We hope you will join us in supporting Autism Society NWPA.

Greg, Shanda, Kevin, and Maggie Coleman

2017 Autism Walk

DATE:     Saturday, April 22, 2017

Registration Time:      9:30am to 10:45am

Entry Fee:      Registration donation of $20.00; Kids 14 and under walk free

Youth T-shirts:   MUST be ordered and paid for in advance for $7.00 each

Pre-registration Deadline:      April 1, 2017

Walk Begins:      11:00am promptly; Pre-Walk Announcements at 10:45am

Place:      Presque Isle State Park, Rotary Pavilion – New Walk Route for 2017!  Providing additional space for our walkers.  

Parking:      Beach 6 & Beach 8 – SHUTTLE SERVICE available from Beach 6 to Rotary Pavilion from 9:00am to 1:30pm

All pre-registered participants that meet the April 1, 2017 deadline are entitled to receive a
commemorative 2017 Walk t-shirt.    Autism Society NWPA DOES NOT guarantee
shirts unless you are pre-registered.  


Introducing our 2017 Walk Committee of Directors and Supervisors:

Director: Tish Bartlett
Grounds Director: David Bartlett
Customer Service Director: Richard Burmood
Registration Director: Ann Eisert
Food Service Director: Israel Wodarski
Volunteer Director: Mary Spaeder
Themed Basket Director: Hope Martinson
Liasion Director: Mike Eisert
Supervisor On-site Registration: Dan Wirley
Supervisor Pre-registration: Jason Kleim
Supervisor Team Registration: Elysa Farrell
Supervisor Parking:  Matt Martinson
Supervisor Volunteers: Karen Kraiser
Supervisor Walk Route:  Bren Lindell
Supervisor Walk Route: Doug Broucher
Supervisor Banker:  Jan Formichella

Can you believe we will be celebrating the 16th Walk for Autism?  Are you ready to make the 2017 Walk for Autism better than last year?  Let’s work together to make this the best Walk EVER!

How Can You Help the Walk?

Donate a themed basket….all baskets should be valued at least $25 and be delivered to the Autism Society NWPA office (1062 Brown Ave Erie PA) no later than Monday, April 10, 2017

Sponsor of the Walk…we distributed over 1,800 commemorative Walk t-shirts for the 2016 Walk which are seen throughout the local community.  Do you know a company that would like to aid autism support in our local community?  Sponsor the Walk at the Bronze level or above to be included on the 16th Annual Walk for Autism commemorative t-shirt.  We also offer sponsorship recognition for in-kind donations, i.e. donation of cases of water. Please contact the Autism Society NWPA (814) 455-3540.  Deadline for sponsorship is MARCH 31, 2017.  Click here for more information or download the sponor registration.

VendorsWe offer vendor space at the Walk to promote and raise awareness of agencies and organizations available to our families. Click here for more information or download the vendor registration form or register online.

Volunteer at the Walk…our organization depends on our volunteers to make the annual Walk a huge success. We utilize approximately 100 volunteers to set-up, run, and clean-up after the Walk.  Deadline for volunteer registration is APRIL 1, 2017.  Register to volunteer today.

Create a Team…a Walk is always more fun with family, friends, and co-workers!  Now creating and fundraising for your team is easy with our custom web pages!  Team awards available for Most Creative Fundraiser, Star Team, and Most Funds Raised (3 categories).  Set up your team today

16th Annual Walk for Autism is sponsored in part by:
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