History

 Steps for Autism is a truly grass roots event for the grass roots organizations it supports.lesley 1

In 2013, Lesley Sandon, a local parent of a child with autism, wanted to show her appreciation for the services and support provided to her son and family through Northwest Autism Center (NAC). This energetic and thoughtful mom approached NAC and requested their help in developing an awareness walk welcoming those with autism, their families and friends, and all those from the broader community in which we live and work. She wanted to create an annual event bringing everyone together in a spirit of inclusiveness and fun. Out of that initial vision, the first Steps for Autism event was born in 2015 with over 200 people attending. Our deepest gratitude to Lesley for her commitment to our community, to autism awareness, and for envisioning and fostering the Steps for Autism event.