Autism walk raises money, awareness

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Hundreds of people took time out of their weekends to raise money and awareness about autism Saturday in Perry County.

About 400 people took part in the awareness walk, which took place at the Hazard High School football field.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.

"This is our fourth annual autism awareness walk, said Russ Baker, president of the Autism Support Group of Perry County. "April is Autism Awareness Month in the United States, and this is our opportunity to spread the word about autism, to try to educate the community."

Organizers say the totals for this year have not been tallied, but previous events have raised between $2,000 and $3,000.

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