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