People in Huntsville raising awareness for autism

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People in Huntsville came together today to raise money and awareness for autism at the first annual A+ for Autism Bash and Bands event.

The Autism Society of Alabama hosted the fundraiser to help fund programs they offer in the Tennessee Valley.

Preferred Computer Services was the valedictorian sponsor for the event.

Owner of Preferred Computer Services, Patrick Haxton, said, “A lot of people don’t know, they know people who have autistic kids, family, friends, but they don’t know about the resources that are available, so we want to bring awareness to the community and North Alabama that you’re not alone and that we’re here to help.”

People who came out got to enjoy food, live music, and games. There was also a sensory room set up for people with autism to go and take a break. Many people in Huntsville say there could be more acceptance for people with Autism.

Autism Society of Alabama Executive Director, Melanie Jones, said, “We want these individuals to be a part of the communities and to be welcomed with open arms. We’re getting businesses to be aware of sensory issues related to individuals on the spectrum so that they could maybe turn down the lights in their office or lower the sound.”

They plan to put on more events like this one in the future. Click here to learn more and donate to the Autism Society of Alabama.

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