Cordele raises Autism Awareness

 

CORDELE, Ga. — April is World Autism Month, a way to increase global understanding and acceptance of people who live with autism. Statistics state that more than 3.5 million Americans live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In honor of the designation Cordele Main Street held their annual Autism Stroll at the Perry G. Busbee Walking Track, behind Crisp Regional Hospital. Monica Mitchell is Director of Cordele Main Street, who hosted the stroll Saturday. She said the event is to raise awareness and to offer families some information about needed health facilities and other services available to them.

“I never really realized how prominent it was in our community until we started these events a couple of years ago,” said Mitchell. “You know you think you only have a couple of dozen in your community and then you find out there are a lot more than that.  We live in rural South Georgia, so it is hard for parents to get assistance and find out doctors and treatment centers and treatment options. So, we started this a few years ago to help the community be aware and help these parents and maybe give them a little joy. It’s a struggle being the parent of an autistic child.”

There was a lot going on at the event including balloon animals, corn hole, and an inflatable slide. Cordele Animal Shelter also brought along some furry friends to play with that are currently up for adoption through the shelter. The Fire Department showcased one of their fire engines for the kids to enjoy. The Cordele Police Department even let kids paint one of their patrol cars with handprints to show their support for autism.

Citizens are encouraged to wear blue or replace the light on their porch with a blue build to “Light it up” for Autism.

Parents can find out about services available by logging on to autism speaks.org.

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