The average Oregonian is probably unaware that April is Autism Awareness Month. That opening statement is pretty odd, isn't it? To make one aware of something you must tell them about it. I don't know about you, but I haven't seen much local publicity around this. However; in good ols New York they aint afraid to make the general public aware. From the Saturday New York Times...
Dozens Walk In Queens To Raise Awareness Of Developmental Disabilities
April 05, 2008
Walkers pounded the pavement in Queens Saturday to show support for an organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities.
Dozens of people came out for the 33rd annual five-mile walk sponsored by the Queens Centers for Progress.
Organizers say the walk is not only about raising money.
"It's often the case that unless someone has a family member with a disability, they really don't know too much about developmental disabilities and what people with those conditions can do, and we find this a good educational opportunity," said Charles Houston of the Queens Center for Progress.
Today's walk was dedicated to a Department Of Environmental Protection Worker who was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
For the tenth year, The Palace Diner in Flushing showed its support by supplying food for the marchers.