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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Hundreds walk at local zoo for Autism Awareness Day
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Child cases of autism are becoming more and more frequent, and many in the North Country are setting out to raise awareness. YNN's Carmella Mataloni was at the second annual Disabled Persons Action Organization Autism Walk, and brings us their message.

WATERTOWN, N.Y.--There are many different cases and it affects everything from social interaction to behavior. Autism is a developmental disorder that can be diagnosed in children as early as three years old.

While it is a growing number, right now, one out of 88 children are born on the autism spectrum and all over the country people are raising awareness of it.

"People need to be made aware of how many people and how many families have been affected with autism. There are a lot of disabilities," said Terri Fulmer, DPAO Coordinator.

Brittanie Redman and her family walk in events whenever they can, to bring attention to autism. The gang wore Team Isabelle shirts in support of Redman's daughter. She said that as a parent to a child with the disorder, she is faced with many challenges.

"Every day is a new day. You either have a good day or a bad day. More so bad days than good; but when you have a good day, it's amazing," said Brittanie Redmen, Carthage resident.

With more and more people being affected by autism each day, those who participated in the walk said it's events like these that really help raise awareness.

"It's nice because it's a community feeling. Even though we are only a part of this small walk, we are a part of the bigger autism community, the autism awareness community," said Jamee McIntosh, Dexter resident.

"People need to know and understand what autism is and how it affects people. They need to help spread the awareness and acceptance," said Becky Robinson, Henderson resident.

Organizers said they were overwhelmed by the amount of support from the participants and hope to draw an even bigger crowd at next year’s celebration.

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