The Autism Society of Alabama organized a walkathon to raise
awareness about autism in Huntsville on April 11.
More than 500 people participated in the annual 'Walk for
Autism Awareness' event.
Norma Pedersen with the Autism Society said that families
look forward to this walk every year because of the resources that are provided
"We have a First Friend's Day where our kids can meet,
greet, interact with and learn about [autism], so there's just a lot going
that's very educational and beneficial and helpful to families and to the
general public to learn about autism."
More than 60 vendors participated by donating 10% percent of
their proceeds to support the Autism Society. The local chapter holds monthly
meetings with free childcare for families affected by autism.
One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder
(ASD). Autism is the
fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S, and affects over 50,000
people in Alabama alone.