15th Annual Imagine Walk for autism held in Warwick

(Brian Yocono/WPRI)

(WARWICK, R.I) – This year’s Imagine Walk took place in Warwick, with proceeds benefiting the Autism Project of Rhode Island.

The walk got underway at 10 a.m. at Goddard Memorial State Park and is emceed by WPRI’s Danielle North. Almost 8,000 people turned out for this year’s event, of which WPRI 12 and Fox Providence are proud sponsors.

The Autism Project is almost a year into a million-dollar grant-funded program taking its valuable resources out of its headquarters, out into communities and to groups that need them most — helping to recognize early signs of autism.

Brenda Cote walked with her son Connor, who was diagnosed last year.

“It’s challenging,” she said. “But with the support that Connor’s been receiving through school and other facilities, especially the Autism Project, I also took a class there so I’m learning a lot, we’re getting through it and we just take it day by day.”

Meghan Rinaldi attends one of the summer camps organized by the Autism Project.

“They know how you feel. They understand people like me. And I’m glad to be Me. I’m glad to have Autism. I’m glad.”

According to the Autism Project, one in 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, which translates to more than 10,000 Rhode Islanders.