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Quincy Autism Support Group raises awareness through walk

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- The month of April is Autism Awareness Month and the Quincy Autism Support Group hosted a walk on Saturday to raise awareness.

Over 100 people came to Moorman Park for the walk.

Valaurie Hamelton said she has autism and made the trip with her dad all the way from Keokuk, Iowa.

"Not only is this to spread awareness but it also supports us kids who have to cope with the disability," she said.

Lynnae Glascock with Quincy Medical Group said this walk is to show support.

"Our mission is we're trying to bring awareness to the early signs of autism and also bring acceptance to the autism community," Glascock said.

She said there are a few early signs of autism that parents should watch out for.

"Oftentimes you'll see a delay in communication skills so sometimes kids have trouble communicating their wants and needs appropriately," Glascock said. "You may also see repetitive interest or repetitive play so they may be doing the same things over and over again or maybe they lack imaginative play."

Hamelton said being around other kids battling autism is a plus.

"It's comforting," she said. "It's actually really comforting to know there are other people like me who can sometimes be a little misunderstood."

For more information on the Quincy Area Autism Support Group, CLICK HERE.

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Jayda Hill

Jayda Hill is a Multimedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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