RICHLAND, WA - You might notice a parade of people in blue hiking Badger Mountain Saturday afternoon.
April is Autism Awareness Month, and members of the Carter J Foundation are planning to trek up the mountain to raise awareness about the developmental disorder.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 68 children live with autism. That's an alarming statistic for one behavioral analyst who says, if communities continue to ignore the disorder, that statistic could carry into adulthood.
"If we don't act now and help these children get to where they need to be and integrate with their peers, learn to communicate and learn to take care of themselves, then we'll have a major problem in the future," said Sarah Haws-Taylor, a counselor and behavioral analyst at the Child Enrichment Center in Richland.
The hike for autism awareness is Saturday, April 5th on Badger Mountain in Richland, beginning at 1:00 p.m. It's free and open to anyone. Participants should use the west gate entrance--5214 E 210 PR NE--off of Dallas Road.