Autism Awareness Month

National Autistic Awareness Month is celebrated this month as a means of promoting autism awareness, acceptance and attention to the thousands of people facing an autism diagnosis each year.

autismBecause Autism Spectrum Disorder is often misunderstood by the general public, the Autism Society ( wants to help change this by celebrating with Presidential/Congressional declarations, online events and activities, local events and activities through affiliates, partner opportunities and by creating one’s own National Autism Awareness Month event.

Carol Austin, longtime community recreation specialist of Pathfinder Services, Inc. ( of Huntington, Ind., for many years has taken her mentally-challenged adult clients through a variety of activities, including horseback riding lessons, overnight fishing trips, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre events, holiday parties and other social happenings. Trained professionals like Austin can offer experienced insight into Autism Awareness, helping further educate communities, and in turn, best assist those affected — and activities allow her to further embrace the autistic personalities she serves.

Connecting with an area affiliate such as the Three Rivers Autism Center (260) 373-1050; 4118 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 or the Huntington Autism Center (260) 200-1043; 2810 Theatre Avenue, Huntington, IN 46750 and learning what special events they have going on this month is a great way to help spread autism awareness or become further familiarize with the disorder

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