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CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – What ever the reason:
“I have 2 children on the spectrum myself.”
“I’m actually going in to be a Special Ed teacher right now.”
“Autism is probably in the last couple of years the fastest growing population of children being diagnosed.”
People are out in full force to show their support for Autism awareness.
It’s the first walk of its kind in north central Iowa, and organizers say they’re blown away by the turn out.
“This is just going to be a great boost for those families that are looking for resources and looking for help,” says Erin Enyart with Autism Speaks – Iowa.
The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness in the community, and to raise funds for both Autism Speaks of Iowa and the Children’s AutismCenter at Opportunity Village.
“It affects a lot of families and they just need support and know that the community is here for them,” says Lauren Loudenberg, who was participating in the walk.
In the area, medical staff has seen an uptick in the number of children being diagnosed with the neurological disorder.
“It’s an incredible amount of children coming into our clinic with delayed milestones behavior management issues that are all many of them resulting in the diagnosis on the spectrum of some sort,” says Staff Nurse Barb Goetz.