Columbus organization sheds light on autism in the community

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Today's walk is all about bringing awareness to just how prevalent autism is in our community and to support those in need.

"Today is a day for people with autism to come out and be celebrated."

From bouncy houses to field games to fun walks, Light It Up Blue Columbus gave individuals on the autism spectrum a day to be themselves and let loose.

"I think an event like this helps them bring awareness and allowing more people to know about Autism and understand it and I think that's just beneficial for them," said Paula Murphy, a special education teacher at Hannan Elementary School.

Just days ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new numbers showing that about one in every 57 children has autism, taking the place of previous numbers stating that one in 68 has autism.

"There are almost 3,000 in the Chattahoochee Valley and we really don't have enough services and it's an uphill battle," said Diane Pope with the Autism Hope Center.

Events just like today are helping raise funds for thousands to have year-round support and proper resources.

And all the funds raised will stay right here in the Chattahoochee Valley supporting those in need.

For more information on the Autism Hope Center, click here.

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