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Apr 28, 2013 8:48 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Hundreds walk for autism awareness

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 88 children has autism.

To show support for those affected, hundreds of locals came out Sunday for the Fifth Annual Walk for Autism and Awareness Fair.

Mission Plaza was packed with locals during the event.

The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center hosted the walk.

Donations from the event will help the center meet the needs of locals affected by autism. They offer a number of programs and services for people with autism, as well as their families.

"There's so many people coming together to support everybody who's affected by autism, and I don't just mean the person who's diagnosed. I mean their family, their friends, their teachers. We've got tons of Special Ed teachers out here. It's just really amazing to see the support, and the whole community coming together," said Julie Miller, Executive Director of the Autism Spectrum Center.

Organizers say as many as 700 people walked at the event, and 1200 people attended the fair.

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