Our dedicated, energetic families and staff are busy year-round planning events that play a major role in the ongoing funding of our children’s therapy programs.
We welcome your help in ensuring their success. Together we’ll make a difference for kids with autism!

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 2020 is going virtual!

From October 1 to 31, 2020
Walk or run at your own pace, in your own place!

Separate but together, we can still make a difference for kids with autism!
Together we can raise the critical funds needed for our therapy programs for children with autism this year.

What does a “virtual” event mean?

This means that the event will not be held downtown. Participants still register and fundraise online, but can choose a location and a time during the month of October to walk or run for Giant Steps and then upload their results.

While the excitement of joining thousands of runners and walkers in the city will be missed, a virtual event provides you with greater flexibility:

💲   Choose your race
Reduced registration fees and more distance options

🍂   Plan your own route
Make it scenic and choose your favourite park or trail

📅   Pick a date and time that suits you
Goodbye bad weather and babysitting issues

🏃   Divide your run into sections and run each on a different date
Maybe that half marathon could be accomplished this way…AND

🔊   It’s easier for more of your friends and family to join us!

We’ll walk you through the details, and you will still receive a virtual bib, t-shirt and finishing medal.



Can’t run or walk? DONATE TO OUR TEAM

GIANT STEPS HAS NOW RAISED OVER $1.4 MILLION DOLLARS since we began participating in this event in 2004.

We are in great company with Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, SickKids Foundation and Fountain of Love & Life, all of us members of STWM’s Million Dollar Club!

Our heartfelt thanks to Scotiabank and Canada Running Series for enabling charities like ours to participate in a world-class event and fulfill our mission. Scotiabank generously pays for the online transaction fees, enabling 100% of donations to come directly to Giant Steps.


World Autism Awareness Day

“Raise the Flag” is an internationally recognized initiative that encourages Member States of the United Nations to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world.

On this day at Giant Steps, we would usually have been raising the flag and celebrating with special activities at our school & therapy centre for kids with autism.

Instead, like everyone, our kids and families were at home due to COVID-19 … with the added challenges children with autism have dealing with changes in routines and the interruption of their life-changing therapies and programming. World Autism Awareness Day landed during an unprecedented and uncertain time for all of us and for many organizations and charities.

We reminded our donors and friends that their amazing support is still needed, and asked that they STAY WITH US NOW …

And their donations made a difference for our kids … helping fund their kids’ speech, behaviour and occupational therapy programs.

You can still donate now …

Our heartfelt thanks & warm wishes to each and every one of our generous donors!

Organized and run by our dedicated parent group, our Annual Rummage Sale for Kids with Autism takes place at Giant Steps, 35 Flowervale Road in Markham.

Due to COVID-19, our spring 2020 event was cancelled. We look forward to 2021!

Colours of the Spectrum

As part of Kids Fest, a visiting artist program, Tangled Art + Disability displayed artwork made by our students in the creative art workshops artist Carrie Perreault ran at Giant Steps in April 2018.

Their wonderful creations were an awesome kick-off to World Autism Month!

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Kids Fest and Carrie for enriching our kids’ programming and for her generous donations of art supplies.