By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - The Mingo County Commission read a proclamation during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday declaring the month of April as Autism Awareness Month.
According to information presented by the Mingo County Autism Awareness Association, new studies by the CDC have proven that one in every 50 children has some form of Autism. It is the fastest-growing developmental disability.
Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in areas of social interaction, communication skills and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.
Currently, there in no cure for autism. With appropriate diagnosis and access to services, a child with autism can improve in the way they function and how they are able to be successful in life.
Though the current number of children with autism who reside in Mingo County is uncertain at this time, the goal of the Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by Autism Spectrum disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who are silent or cannot fight for their own rights.
A flag promoting Autism Awareness was presented to the county commission and will be raised at 9:30 a.m. April 1. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
For more information on upcoming events of the Mingo Autism Awareness Association, you may contact Brandy Fields at 304-235-2049 or Wendy Barker at 304-784-1321, or visit their Facebook site at Facebook.com/mingocountyautismassociation.