Support for World Autism Awareness Day

autism awareness dayEUGENE, Ore. – Wednesday April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day. Throughout April, local organizations will shine a light on autism as a growing global health crisis.

One event to help show support will happen at Alton Baker Park. The Bridgeway House is having a run for Autism on Sunday. The nonprofit agency offers a variety therapeutic services to children and families with autism.

There are actually a number of programs and services in Lane County. Direction Service offers family support and counseling, Early Childhood Cares provides special education to infants and toddlers, and volunteers at the nonprofit Kind Tree serve people on the autism spectrum through art and recreation.

“Everyone needs confidence to accomplish what they need to do and we help grow that at our camp,” says Tim Mueller with Kind Tree. “We have an art program that supports and promotes artists with autism.”

Just last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. The study said 1 in 68 children was diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum in 2010. That is a 30% jump compared to 2008.

Another way to show support, you can join others around the world by wearing blue. It’s the official color of autism awareness.

The run at Alton Baker Park will take place Sunday, April 6 at 9:00 a.m.

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