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Autism walk set for Sat., April 26

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

April 19, 2014

The 4th Annual Logan County Autism Walk will be held Sat., April 26, at Chief Logan State Park. The event is held to raise funds and awareness of autism.


“This special event is open to the public and we encourage everyone to come out and support not only our organization, but the entire Autism community. The event is designed to raise funds for local programs, increase awareness, and connect families to many local services available for people living with Autism,” Stephanie Mounts, board member of the Logan County Autism Association, said. “Most importantly, the Walk offers families and the community an opportunity to share a fun-filled day with their loved ones while supporting a wonderful cause.”


April is designated Autism Awareness Month. The CDC has released new prevalence statistics for Autism – which now affects 1 in 68 children.


To date, the annual walk has raised more than $10,000 to fund local programs for the Autistic community, including sensory-friendly events, community workshops, and provider training sessions. The funds raised during this event will also help fund future programs, such as a special training for law enforcement, first responders, and emergency personnel.


This year’s event features a Super Hero theme, and members of the group Heroes 4 Higher will be on hand to sign autographs, take photos, and speak to children about bullying and leadership. Local organizations will be available to provide information and answer questions. Refreshments and various activities will be offered for individuals and their families.


Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with the Walk Kick-Off beginning at noon. To register or for additional information about the Logan County Autism Walk, visit www.lcaawv.org or call 304-784-8733.