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April 2 is World Autism Day

Plenty of people around the world are raising awareness about autism in their communities including here in Fort Wayne.

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 7:34 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-Plenty of people around the world are raising awareness about autism in their communities including here in Fort Wayne.

This day was created to increase understanding and acceptance of a condition that affects us all.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the national rate of children identified with autism is 1 IN 59 children.

"A lot of people think autism is just for children. Autism is a lifelong disorder. yes, it's true many get diagnosed when they are young, but early intervention is the key to the best outcomes, and just because they grow older doesn't mean they outgrow autism," support coordinator for the Autism Society of Indiana Susan Crowell said.

The Autism Society of Indiana's biggest event is the Relay for Autism which will be taking place September 8 this year at the Allen County Fairgrounds.

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