Pressure : 29.89 in
Dewpoint : 48.0 °
Wind : Northwest
Autism Awareness Walk
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, 50 people walked today in Grand Island raising awareness of this disorder one step at a time.
The Grand Island Autism Support Group held its third Autism Awareness walk today.
One in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism. This developmental disorder affects the brain's development of social and communication skills. Proceeds from this event will help send local kids with autism to camps and cover respite costs for adults giving family members and caregivers some time off. Organizers say the walk also provides socialization and networking for families dealing with autism.
"The families are very supportive of each other even if there is an out of state person they've really welcomed my family," said organizer Rebecca Hoobler.
"It also helps you to feel like you're not just alone. It's not just your kid that's like this there's a lot of people who are there to support you and there to support your kid," said parent Faith Stephenson.
Autism is normally diagnosed in children between the ages of two and three. The Grand Island Autism Support Group meets at the 3rd City Christian Church on the second Sunday of every month. For more information call Kira at 402.316.9762 or Bridget at 308.381.8844.
KHASTV on Facebook