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Autism Event Draws Hundreds

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - April is National Autism Awareness month and Co-Owner of the Tri-City Americans and NHL hockey player Olie Kolzig is in town to support the first annual "Responding to Autism" event at the Three Rivers Convention Center.

It's put on by the Carson Kolzig foundation, named after Olie Kolsig's 8-year-old son Carson. Olie's son couldn't make it to the convention, but we caught up with another 8-year-old boy and his mom who were.

Colin Henderson was diagnosed with autism 2 years ago. His mom Chandra Henderson said she still has a lot of questions about autism. She wants to find out more about all the services and options available here in the Tri-Cities to help her son, and was surprised to find out how many there are.

"We came to this convention to find out more information, what's out there. I'm a single mom and we don't know much about what's going on in the world of Autism," said Chandra Henderson.

Olie Kolsig said he can't believe the turnout of Saturday's event. "Having a response like this is great. But it also shows you how prevalent this disorder is," said Kolzig.

Autism affects one in every 150 children and is also one of the fastest growing disabilities.