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Autism Alliance celebrating Autism Acceptance Month

A local family with an autistic son shares their story and encourages the community to join the ‘Walk for Autism’ event.
Credit: Adriana Alexander

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Autism Alliance of the Concho Valley is holding its annual ‘Walk for Autism’ event to raise awareness for children and adults with autism. 

It's happening at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage. 

Sutton Biggs, a 10-year-old Lamar Elementary School student, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder with speech and social delay at 18-months-old. 

Still, his mother Jennifer Biggs said her son didn’t let anything stop him from being himself. 

“It's been a lot of work, a lot of rehab, a lot of support from organizations like the Autism Alliance. We’ve come to a rally just to get him where he is today,” Biggs said.

For those looking to support kids like Sutton, AACV founder Shanna Payne is encouraging everyone to join the walk next week to help with more inclusion in the community.

“One of the great things you can do at the walk is visit our resource fair. We have lots of different local resources who provide services to those with autism or families who deal with autism,” Payne said.

The organization is headed into its seventh year in San Angelo, providing support and meeting the specific needs of people with autism locally is the number one priority.

“I worked with a global non profit that serves those with autism but what we found is that they just weren't serving our local community and I’m from San Angelo. So it’s very important to me that that local money stays local and that we’re doing as much as we possibly can for the folks here in the Concho Valley,” Payne said. 

For more information about how you can support the AACV, click here

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