The Arc

The inaugural Intellectual Disability Awareness Walk drew about 50 people June 22 at The Arc Building in Hermiston.

The inaugural Intellectual Disability Awareness Walk drew 50 participants.

Sponsored by The Arc Umatilla County, the walk raised $1,110, which will be utilized to help fund the Summer Inclusion Camp.

The June 22 event featured signs, which participants carried along the one-mile route near The Arc Building in Hermiston. The message was to express their desire to bring attention to people who thrive in spite of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, with signs reading such things as, “I walk for Autism” or “I walk for Shelbi.”

During a short stretch down Highway 395, participants’ spirits were further lifted by multiple semi-trucks honking their horns in support of the activity, said Kristi Smalley, a board member with The Arc. Jan Schroth, The Arc Umatilla County president, was thrilled with the level of support for the walk and encouraged each participant to bring a friend next year so that they can double the number of walkers.

For more information about The Arc Umatilla County, contact Smalley at or 541-571-0997.

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