For the second time in two years, I did the Walk Now for Autism downtown Cleveland, Ohio this morning with one of my best friends from work and in my life. She and I went up to downtown Cleveland and did the walk.
Autism Speaks every year does a series of walks and for the past two years I have been a part of a team, but this year I lost contact with the team as they disappeared off the radar- or should I say internet. So, I did it by myself this year with my friend.
One thing that has constantly amazed me is the sheer size of the crowd of the Walk Now for Autism. The walk can have a HUGE line from the start all the way maybe over one block of downtown Cleveland just past the East 3rd Street bridge, and Cleveland Browns Stadium.
I was proud to do this walk, as someone who has Asperger's Syndrome, and someone who wishes they would have known more back in the 1980s when I was growing up than what they did. To me, I am impressed by all the resources that they have for autism now.
It makes one wonder what life would be like if I had known sooner. It makes one feel proud to be a part of something big and special and I plan on next year doing my own team due to the whole snafu with losing contact with my team.
Every year, I am proud to do this walk and I have my reasons for it, and I know some people will probably flame this thing but so what? I don't care, I'm proud to do the walk every year.