Autism Spring Day Festival

By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email
By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email

Students from Florida State University promote awareness for Autism at a spring festival.

The FSU organization known as - Students Promoting Autism Awareness - raised money at the Railroad Square Park to help those who suffer from the disorder.

autismspeaks.org, shows that it is estimated, that 1 in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

Some other FSU organizations hosted children's activities and donated art for sale.

Nisha Pradeep says, "We're hoping to bring students, families and professionals together, for our cause and really just allow everyone to utilize all the resources we have in town."

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to The FSU autism project.

For more information check out, www.autism.fsu.edu


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  • by How, why are so many kids getting autism? Location: Florida on Mar 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    I hope we will find a cure or ways to prevent autism. Is it the physcial environment we live in that causes it? Or chemicals we breathe or come in contact with like flame retardent fabrics that came out in the 1970s? Our public school was full of asbestos ceilings in 1950's and from 1963-74 when I went to school there. As a former state of FL worker, they just removed asbestos a couple of years ago from our state building. No one had or devolped autism. Why are so many kids being diagonised with autism more than ever in the history of mankind? I have seen on tv that 1 in 50-75 kids or so develop autism today. This high number should not be accepted in our society. I knew of no one with autism until around 2000. What is happening here?
  • by Joseph D'Agostino on Mar 20, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    As the father of a six-year-old son with Autism, I appreciate these efforts. Thank you all for spending a gorgeous Saturday promoting awareness of Autism.
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