KENNEWICK, Wash. -Messages of strength and hope were shared at an event Tuesday to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day.
The Carson Kolzig Foundation Responding to Autism Center invited families and local leaders to join them today for activities, music, and food. People also released balloons that represented common autism myths.
The goal of Tuesday's event was to change misconceptions -- and promote awareness.
"Awareness helps schools, joe public, it helps doctors, it helps everyone really understand autism and be more supportive and helpful," said Autism Center Director, Christine Lindgren.
The Carson Kolzig Foundation will hold several events throughout the month of April. Experts estimate autism affects about one in 88 children.