What is Walk the Walk for Autism?
Walk the Walk for Autism is an annual event to raise awareness and funds for much-needed autism programs and services in communities around Nova Scotia. Donations made to a Walk location support local programs in that area.
What if it rains?
We'll all be watching the weather as Walk Day approaches. We're hoping for sun, but if it looks like rain is coming you should check your location's web page for announcements. That said, this is Nova Scotia - if the weather is bad, most likely we'll just have to wait 10 minutes and it will change! If at all possible, the Walk will go ahead rain or shine.
When will I get my T-Shirt?
You will get your T-Shirt when you check in on Walk Day. Don't forget to bring in your pledge sheets and money you have collected, or your t-shirt payment. T-Shirts are $20 each to purchase, or free with pledges of $20 or more per person. Please register and order your t-shirt early so that we can order the correct size for you.
REGISTRANTS WHO SIGNED UP AFTER JUNE 10 WILL NOT BE GUARANTEED A T-SHIRT. Shirts will be given out while supplies last, and an additional supply of souvenir shirts may be available after the event.
How long is the walk?
Walk routes range from 1K to 5K. For specific walk routes and distances click on Walk Locations in the top menu.
How do I register?
The easiest way to register is to do it online.
You can register as an individual, or create your own team. You can even join a team that someone else has created.
If you create your own team, you can easily register other people as part of your team if they can't do so themselves (i.e. if they are children, or don't have a computer). You can also send them an email invitation to join your team. The new online registration system makes it easy!
Do I have to register to participate?
Everyone who wants to Walk the Walk for Autism must register for the event location of their choice. This includes children and team members with ASD. Registration information and forms can be found on this website. You can register as an Individual, or as a member of a Team.
I have not registered online, but I want to Walk the Walk. Can I register on the day of the event?
Yes, you can! All are welcome. T-shirts will be available for a minimum $20 pledge or purchase while supplies last.
Who do I contact if I am having trouble registering?
Each Walk location has its own Coordinator who will be able to help you with registration questions. You can find your Coordinator's contact information on your location page.
How can I fundraise for Walk the Walk for Autism?
Just print off a pledge form and ask the people you know to support this great cause. Let them know that the funds you raise will help autism programs and services in the community where your Walk takes place.
You can take a pledge form to work, school or play - anywhere that you know people who would like to support the cause. Just fill out the line on the form with your kind donors information and take their money, then submit it to the event organizer in your area. Remember, pledges over $20 will receive a tax receipt in Halifax, Cape Breton and other select locations - check with your walk site coordinator or the bottom of your pledge form to see if your location qualifies.
Where do I submit my cash and cheque pledges?
Cash and cheque pledges may be collected and brought with you on Walk Day. For the Halifax Walk only, pledges may be brought in to the Autism NS Centre during business hours before Walk Day. All other Walk locations will accept pledges and payments on Walk Day.
Where do I find my printable Pledge Form?
Pledge forms are emailed to you in an easily printable form when you register. If you need further assistance getting your form, please contact your location's Walk Coordinator.
Can I enter cash and cheque pledges and donations so that they show on my thermometer?
Yes! Just log in and you will find the option to add your cash and cheque donations and pledges online. You will see your thermometer level go up, and you will help your Walk coordinators and volunteers to save time entering data after the Walk. Thank you for entering your own cash an cheque donations and pledges!
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Tax receipts will be generated for all gifts over $20.
Gifts made online receive an automatic tax receipt via email.
PLEASE NOTE: For any cash or cheque donations brought in on the day of the Walk, you must hand in a pledge form with your donations containing at minimum: full name and mailing address of each donor, how much they gave, and whether they request a tax receipt. If any of these details are missing, a tax receipt will not be sent out. To save costs of paper and postage, where possible please include an email address where their receipt can be sent.
What if I made an error in my donation?
Autism Nova Scotia is happy to refund your donation if you have made it in error. If you wish to request a refund, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office at 902-446-4995 to speak with the finance department.
How many people can be on a team?
Teams can be as large or small as you like - so ask your friends, neighbours, families, and co-workers to Walk the Walk with you!
Team registrations for all walk locations are easiest to do online.
Please register in advance as this will help us to prepare the best Walk Day possible for you!
How do I invite people to be on my team?
If you register your team online, you can send invitations to your friends, family and other contacts right from your team page that you create for the Walk. They can accept your invitation from the email that they receive. It's as easy as that!
How do I volunteer?
That is simple and greatly appreciated! All you have to do is contact the Walk the Walk for Autism coordinator in your location. Contact information for each location is on your location's page. You can also fill out our online volunteer form on the Volunteers page.