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Raising autism awareness: A local organization to hold its biggest fundraiser of the year

By ALLISON NORLIAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As Autism Awareness month comes to a close, Upstate Cerebral Palsy is hoping to bring to light autism awareness once more.

This coming weekend the Kelberman Center will have people walking in three different locations, raising awareness for autism.

Saturday, April 26 is autism walk day. The walks are being held at SUNYIT in Marcy, Glimmerglass State Park in Cooperstown and the VFW in Boonville. Registration is at 9:00a.m. The walk begins at 10:30a.m. for all three.

Jean Jacobson, the director of the Promise Program at Upstate Cerebral Palsy said the walks are important in raising awareness, "April is autism awareness month and it's one of the things we want to do this month, as we do all year, to educate the public about what autism is," Jacobson said. "And why it's important that the community understand what's going on."

Heather Waterman, whose son attends the Promise Program at UCP said her son has come leaps and bounds since starting the program. She wants the community to hear her story to gain a better understanding about what autism is while potentially jumping on the bandwagon to raise awareness.

Waterman said, "This puts awareness out there. A lot of people weren't aware. I wasn't aware before my son, Ryan."

Most of the programs at the Kelberman Center are funded by insurance companies or state funding, so it relies on the community to support its programs.

The walks for autism are the centers biggest fundraiser of the year.

 

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