Autism Awareness Walk

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - Saturday was the second annual Walk for Autism at Athens High School Football Stadium.

The walk gives people a chance to get to know local children with autism. It is designed to be a family-friendly event with inflatables, music, face painting, children's games, bubbles and an Easter egg hunt. It also gave parents the opportunity to get information from area providers as well as any other information they might need on autism.

Proceeds from the walk go toward The Autism Society of Alabama. The organization supports families statewide. State autism officials describe the event as "the single most powerful fundraising event in April that unifies thousands of participants statewide."

ASD is the fastest-growing development disability in the U.S. It affects as many as 50,000 people in Alabama and one in 88 births nationwide, according to the Autism Society.

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