Hundreds attend Walk for Autism, raise $20,000

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds gathered to raise awareness and support for children with autism.

A record-breaking 350 people registered to attend the Walk for Autism at Hampton Park Saturday morning.

Prior to the walk, attendees enjoyed music, bounce castles, a fire truck and a silent auction.

The event marks 15 years for the annual walk.

Last year, community members raised approximately $20,000. This year's walk is expected to break that record.

Walk for Autism Director Kerianne Krause spoke about the importance raising awareness for the growing developmental disorder.

"The [Centers for Disease Control] just came out and it used to be one in 68 individuals," Krause said. "Now it's one in 59 individuals are diagnosed with autism."

If you weren't able to make it out to the race - you can visit walkforautismcharleston.org for any resources you may need.

The new report from the CDC is based on groups of 8-year-olds living in 11 communities across the country. Experts say there are likely multiple reasons for the increase, including better detection among minorities.

Diagnosing autism earlier in childhood allows for access to needed services.

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