The Wyoming Disability Awareness Walk is held across the state in March to celebrate Disability Awareness Month. Taking place on March 30 in nine Wyoming communities, more than 1,850 people showed their support this year for people with disabilities.
The walk has grown significantly over the past nine years. It started in Casper in 2005 as the “Building Bridges of Opportunity Awareness Walk.” About 100 to 150 people participated in the first walk, which was held in the gym at the Casper Recreation Center.
In 2007, the event officially became the “Wyoming Disability Awareness Walk” when it expanded into Rock Springs, Worland and Cody.
By 2010, the walk evolved into a statewide event, expanding into Fremont County, and bringing in more than 1,000 people. In 2011, the walk expanded into three new communities and saw approximately 1,500 walkers across the state.
This year, the walk took place in nine communities in Wyoming -- Casper, Cody, Worland, Rock Springs, Cheyenne, Riverton, Newcastle, Gillette and Sheridan -- bringing in more than 1,850 walkers.
Over the past six years, the Wyoming Disability Awareness Walk has brought in funds from sponsorships and pledges for community projects such as wheelchair-accessible playground equipment, a state-of-the-art pool lift, push-button doors and ice sleds to assure accessible recreational opportunities to people with disabilities. Many have also been able to enjoy activities such as vacations, concerts and sporting events with funds raised throughout the years at the Wyoming Disability Awareness Walk.
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