Amerigroup hosts Autism family night event in Columbus

(Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)
(Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Tuesday was a kick-off event for Autism Awareness month as Tuesday was National Autism Awareness Day.

The Muscogee County Sheriff's Department, Amerigroup were also a part of the event. The Sheriff's Office was registering kids and also providing care cards and trackers and they gave out information about project life saver.

Amerigroup provided free pizza from Stevie B's for the event.  The focus of the event was to get families get into the system.

"A lot of families after they get diagnosed they don't know where to turn and there isn't really a clear path sometimes on which direction to go and that's where we come in, we're a family support center," said Diane Pope, with the Autism Hope Center of Columbus.

On Saturday, they will be doing another event for Autism called light it up blue which is a 5k fun walk and this event will directly benefit local families.  There will also be an Autism resource fair on April 22.

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