WINTHROP — April is Autism Awareness Month, and with the prevalence rate of autism at 1 in 68, many activities are planned to raise awareness and funds for research.
The walks will be held at several locations — University of New England in Biddeford and Portland; University of Maine in Bangor; Farmington Fairgrounds in Farmington; Belfast High School, Belfast; and Fryeburg Fairgrounds in Fryeburg.
Each walk will offer t-shirts, various snacks, face painting and local first responders. Getting families involved with their local communities is a big part of these walks, note the organizers, such as meeting other families and having the opportunity to be part of a bigger picture. The walks will start at noon with more than 1200 participants. Interested and potential walkers may register online at www.firstgiving.com/event/ASMMaine/walk-for-autism-2018 or on site.
The puzzle pattern on the autism ribbon reflects the mystery and complexity of autism. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with this disorder. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope through research and in the increasing awareness of people about autism.
The Autism Society of Maine provider’s education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Those interested in learning more about autism can visit the Autism Society of Maine, 72B Main Street, Winthrop; email www.asmonline.org, or call 1-800-273-5200.