Autism Walk planned to raise funds and awareness

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's Autism Awareness Month.  One in 94 children in Georgia have autism and approximately 2000 children are currently suffering with the developmental disability in Columbus, according Diane Pope,  President of The Muscogee County Autism Support Group.

"We do not receive any state funding for programs which is really needed. Currently we receive money from the United Way for our Center of Hope, located on the campus of Columbus Technical College." Pope adds that 5 children are enrolled in the program, but they hope to expand it.

It takes place April 17th at Hardaway High School's track. Registration begins at 12 noon and the walk starts at 1pm.  Popes says, "it will be a fun event and a chance to raise money and awareness for autism in our community."

To register, you can download a form or register on line at  MCASG also has monthly support group meetings the second Tuesday of the month at St Luke's Ministry Center, downtown Columbus from 6:30-8:30. Free childcare is available for 2-10 year olds, please call 706-604-6333 to reserve a space or email

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