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Town bands together for Autism Awareness monthSubmitted: 04/24/2017
MEDFORD - During April every year, one town bands together for Autism Awareness month.

Medford schools, business, and support groups all pitch in to show their support all-month long.

The Third Annual Autism Awareness walk took place Monday. Dozens of people gathered at the Taylor County Courthouse to participate. 


But the walk is not the only thing the community does during Autism Awareness month.

More than 50 local businesses decorate with Autism Awareness signs and artwork to show their support.
The Taylor County Autism Support Group gives a prize to the best-decorated business.

Cindi Sue Zittlow works at Exit Realty. The Autism Awareness event hits home for Zittlow because her son has Autism.

"It just means so much that there aren't words that could express the gratitude of an entire community that loves their children so much that they'd show this kind of support. It's unusual," said Cindi.

Cindi says that she wants people to understand that kids with Autism are no different from anyone else.

"They're a lot like you and I. They communicate a lot differently, my son can't verbally tell you what he needs or wants but he can show us. And he's so smart, these kids are so smart and they have a lot to give," said Cindi.

Cindi's husband Ken Zittlow works at Medford Motors. Medford Motors won the decoration contest this year.
Ken says the community support is good to see.

"It's very awesome, when he was very young people didn't understand and now the community is, just got their arms open for the autistic kids it's so great," said Ken.

Those who helped start the Autism Awareness walk three years ago say they can't believe how much the event has grown in three years.

"I think it shows that we're in a very special place here in Medford and throughout Taylor County, that they've come together to support those with Autism, to be educated about Autism spectrum disorders," said Taylor County Autism Awareness Support Group President Joseph Greget.

At the walk, people could enter to win a flat-screen TV or two tickets to see Billy Joel in concert.

There was no registration fee to join the event but people could donate if they wanted to.

Any proceeds went to the Taylor County Autism Support Group.


Story By: Dakota Sherek

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