This weekend the Kelberman center is holding the first of several autism awareness events in the coming months.
They say it’s important for not only parents of kids who have autism but everyone in the community as well.
According to new statistics from the center for disease control and prevention, or CDC, more people than ever have autism.
The number is now down from 1-88 to1-68.
"It’s a good idea to start learning about it and to see about what you can do to help. It’s a community problem and it’s something that can be helped and these families need our help," said the director of early childhood autism services at the Kelberman Center Dr. Jean Jacobson.
That’s where the autism awareness walks come into play.
The first is this Saturday at Oneida high school.
The walk is to not only raise awareness, but also to raise money for the Kelberman center, which helps a lot of families in the Mohawk valley.
"It’s an incredible need. Really, we want to provide support to these families because a lot of them don’t, they can’t rely necessarily on the support systems that the rest of us have," said Dr. Jacobson.
Teachers at the Kelberman center say because more and more children have autism the services for families are vital.
"The needs are getting bigger and bigger and often times the services are harder and harder to get," said behavioral analyst Tonianne Johns.
They say that’s why the money raised from the walks is so important.
More importantly, they hope the walks will help build community bonding to battle autism.
"This is an excellent way to support your community. It’s not just about Autism, it’s about your community and the more you can support us the better off we'll all be,” said Dr. Jacobson.
The walks this month will include a lot of family fun events to go along with learning about autism.