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Awareness walk for special needs children set in Lowville


LOWVILLE — The Northern Regional Center for Independent Living is planning a walk here to raise awareness of children with special needs.

The “Walk for Children” will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday outside the nonprofit agency’s office at 7632 N. State St.

“I just think any opportunity we have to educate and bring awareness to our communities about children and families with disabilities has to have a positive impact on the community,” said Karen M. Boliver, who heads NRCIL’s Lowville office.

The event is not intended as a fundraiser, and there is no cost to participate.

The idea for the walk stemmed from “Unique Parent, Unique Child,” an NRCIL-based support group here for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders or other special needs.

While other such events target a specific diagnosis like autism, the “Walk for Children” is intended to raise awareness about and offer support for families dealing with all varieties of developmental disabilities, much like the group itself, Mrs. Boliver said.

“This fits everybody,” she said.

Participants will be invited to walk a roughly 0.7-mile loop down North State Street, then onto Shady, Park and Trinity avenues before taking Park Place back to the regional center’s office. The route will include no street crossings.

The walk will take place during the village-wide garage sale, which is Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Boliver said she is unsure how many people will participate in the inaugural event. However, she said she hopes it will grow and expand, much as the group’s annual Mental Health Walk in May has done.

“I think this is a great beginning,” Mrs. Boliver said.

For more information on the walk, call the NRCIL office at 376-8696.

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