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Local experts speak out about Autism Awareness Month

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April marks Autism Awareness Month and local experts are getting the word out about how kids with autism can still lead productive lives.

A child is more likely to develop autism than all other childhood cancers combined. One in every 88 children has the disorder, which affects communication and social skills and is the considered the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the nation.

Educators at Rockford's Easter Seals Autism Therapeutic School want people to know children affected by the disorder can still lead productive lives. Administrator Jacque Ruch gave one specific student as an example.

"Ashley has made tremendous progress since she's been in our program. Tremendous," Ruch said. "She learns, she reads, she does budgeting, she works out in the community in a local animal shelter. That's really increased her freedom and independence from being here."

There are currently over 60 students enrolled at the school, which will hold it's main fundraiser, "Walk With Me," in September. You can learn more at chicago.easterseals.com.

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