By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
Come rain or shine Saturday afternoon, people hoping to raise both awareness and money for Autism awareness will take to the roads of Sunset Park for the second time and are inviting all interested parties to attend.
The Second Annual Walk for Autism Awareness is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Registration is $5 and all proceeds will go to the Iowa chapter of the Autism Speaks Foundation. Organizer Cole Davies said that last year?s walk raised over $800.
?Me and the other person who is hosting the walk with me currently work with individuals on the Autism and ASG spectrum,? Davies, also the lead support professional at REM Iowa, said. ?We kind of have a personal relationship with the individuals we support under the spectrum.?
Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Treatment can help, but this condition can?t be cured. Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system. The range and severity of symptoms can vary widely. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests, and repetitive behaviors.
People wishing to participate can show up at Sunset Park between 3 and 5 p.m. There is also a Facebook page with more information on the event.
?With our mental health issues these days, people with intellectual disabilities are being swept under the rug,? Davies said. ?People with Audism are humans as well. They are just like us, but have different development. I feel this is a way to offer support and offer help to them ? to give them a voice.?