By: Emily Johnson
April 2, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - With the month of April finally here that also means it's Autism Awareness Month.
"Autism is so different there is a reason why the symbol is a puzzle piece because every kid with autism is different," said Claudia Evans.
New studies show that one in 68 is impacted with Autism. Evan's five-year-old daughter Annabelle is one of those children.
"I sort of rolled up my sleeves and got involved with the CARD center, I did as much research as I could, read a lot of books and got involved in social groups," said Evans.
With April being Autism Awareness Month Evans said she feels an extra incentive to get the word out there because she is directly impacted.
Other people in the community are also raising awareness. Tonight at Uncle Maddio's Pizza 10% of their profit was donated to the Florida Autism Center.
"It's not just for families that have autism. Everyone should know at least a little bit about autism so they can help spread the word," said Sophia Key, Florida Autism Center.
"That's one of my passions is to be with children who have special needs," said Evelyn Smith, Perfect Fit Alternations. Smith is part of the businesses on Miccosukee who are placing a blue light outside of the shop to show support.
Between the businesses and families coming together, they're hoping to piece together the big puzzle.
"Be there for other parents, because I remember what that was like and how hard it was when you're going through it, it's very tough," said Evans.
If you're interested in how the Center for Autism and Related Disorders is raising awareness you can visit their website at http://autism.fsu.edu/
Also if you're interested in what the Florida Autism Center is doing you can visit their website at http://www.floridaautismcenter.info/tallahassee