The number of children with autism has continued to grow for the past 15 years. Utah’s rate appears to be higher than the national average that is 1 in 111. The number of children identified with autism in Utah doubled from 2002 to 2008. About two children per day were born with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2008. (Salt Lake Tribune, May 2011)
“It is our life,” states Laura Anderson, President-elect of the parent-run Autism Council of Utah and mother of a son with autism. “If you think autism isn’t going to touch you somehow in your life, you are sadly mistaken. It’s in our communities. It’s in our schools. It will be in our workplaces.”
With autism becoming such a wide-spread disorder and touching so many lives in Utah, the Autism Council of Utah and RC Willey stores have joined up to sponsor Autism Awareness Night at the Utes Gymnastics Meet on March 9, 2012. Free tickets are available at RC Willey stores or you can contact Laura Anderson for additional tickets at email@example.com or call 801-936-1810.
Throughout the meet there will be information and videos shown about autism. All families and friends of autism are invited to attend and support these efforts to raise the awareness of autism and other ASD conditions.