Assemblyman Santabarbara Hosts Annual Duck Derby for Autism

Get ready for a quacking good time as Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Chair of the New York State Assembly’s sub-Committee on Autism Spectrum Disorders, and his son Michael gear up to host the highly- anticipated Annual Duck Derby for Autism. This fantastic event is set to take place amidst the excitement of the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region's Walk for Autism - Cosplay and Character Edition, right in the heart of Schenectady’s Central Park.

Be prepared for an awe-inspiring spectacle as thousands of rubber duckies make their grand entrance into the pond, creating a BIG SPLASH that you won't want to miss. From there, it’s off to the races, with one lucky duck vying for glory in a thrilling dash to the finish line. Assemblyman Santabarbara's annual extravaganza is not just about fun and games; it's a heartwarming event dedicated to supporting the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region and the incredible families they serve right here in the Capital Region.

"Did you know that about 1 in 36 children in the United States are now living with autism?" revealed Assemblyman Santabarbara, who brings a deeply personal connection to autism awareness. His 21-year-old son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. "Whether you're a staunch self-advocate or have a cherished family member, friend, or community member affected by autism, this event is your chance to unite with local families for a day of autism awareness," Santabarbara emphasized. "Get ready to be thoroughly entertained as thousands of rubber duckies take the plunge, creating a spectacle that'll delight the young and the young at heart."


WHAT: Assemblyman Santabarbara’s Annual Duck Derby for Autism
WHERE: Central Park in Schenectady
WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd, 2023
[Duck Race begins at 12PM - Media Availability at 11am]
WHO: Assemblyman Santabarbara and his son, Michael
Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region
community members