REPORTING · 28th April 2015
The Child Development Centre parking lot was packed with families on Sunday, April 26th. They were gathered for the First Annual Walk for Autism Awareness, as a part of Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada.
“With 1 in 64 children being diagnosed with Autism, it’s vital that people know how to help children participate in schools and in recreation programs, so things can be more inclusive,” said Jessica Fredrickson who organized the walk.
Fredrickson’s daughter, who will be going into preschool, was diagnosed earlier this year with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She explained her experiences with her own daughter which has allowed her to reflect on the needs of other children.
“I think that as a community, we really need to know how we can better educate ourselves and get involved in assisting children,” said Fredrickson. She would like to raise awareness and reminds people to be patient and caring when faced with people that can have a harder time adjusting in social situations.
Together, the community raised $3088 which will go to advocate for Autism as well as into scientific research and family services. Fredrickson expressed there was a substantial donation before the walk was being organized from the Haisla Nation Council.
Fredrickson thanked everyone for coming out and all of the people who provided donations for the walk. She gave special thanks to the Child Development Centre who provide quality services for parents with questions about the way their children are developing.
Ashlyn Demello and Rhiannon Hamilton carry the banner for half of the walk