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Apr 5, 2011 7:09 PM by Andy Koen

Autism walk aims to raise awareness

It's estimated that as many as one in 110 children in the US have Autism. The Alpine Autism Center in Colorado Springs understands the growing challenge. With an enrollment of 23 children, the center currenlty has a waiting list to provide children in our community with professional help.

Program Coordinator Amber Moore explains that autistic children require much more attention than other children.

"We have to teach a lot of things to our kids with autism from basic self-care skills, such as potty training all the way up to sometimes using a spoon to eat or making a simple requests," Moore said. "It just doesn't come natural for them."

The one-on-one instruction the children receive here is part therapy, and part education. However, that level of care comes at a cost. Moore says the center hosts it's Autism Awareness Walk each spring to help make their service more affordable. Between 15-20 percent of the center's budget is based on fund raising.

"Our goal with our walk is that we're showing that there is, autism is here and to help people be aware that there are funding sources and there are other resources that are available."

The 5k walk-run will be held on Saturday, April 16 at America the Beautiful Park in downtown Colorado Springs. The event begins at 10:00 a.m.and registration is $10.

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