The weather wasn't the greatest for outdoor events Saturday, but that didn't stop folks from going to Nutter Fort. People from all over were in Norwood Park to celebrate the new Autism Awareness Day.
Recently, the Mayor of Nutter Fort proclaimed October 6th as Autism Awareness Day. The National Autism Awareness Day is in April during their awareness month, but local families wanted to have something of their own.
"It's just a blessing to have so many people come on such a rainy day. This is one day where we can all come together and support all of our families, all of our friends, and everyone that has been affected by autism," said Lea Robinson, Parent.
One in 88 children are diagnosed with some form of autism so organizers said it's almost impossible for you to not know someone who has been affected by the disease. This event was much more than a walk. They also had activities for the children, information sessions for the adults, and of course some goodies.
"It's a great honor. The city wanted to participate in anyway possible. Everyone seems to be excited, there is a lot of life going on
and a lot of warm bright faces," said Mayor Nathan Rohrbough.
"The purpose is first and foremost autism awareness, get the word out and just help them in anyway we can. You will find our children, they are wearing huge smiles," said Event Organizers.
If you missed out on all the festivities Saturday, be on the look out for the walk for autism on this day, next year.
Dec 04, 2012 at 1:00 PMAnother source to help: Working with Autism, located in Los Angeles, has helped hundreds of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to achieve their maximum potential for independence. www.workingwithautism.com