Autism is a growing concern throughout the United States.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), experts estimate one of 88 children have autism spectrum disorder.
Bell Central School Center held an event on Friday to help raise awareness for autism called “Confections for a Cause.”
Sarah Veillon, an occupational therapist for the Bell County School District, said they asked all local bakeries and restaurants to donate sample desserts and/or gift certificates or door prizes that could be given away.
All the money earned went to help purchase needed technology and resources to help children at Bell Central with Autism.
“I think it has exceeded our expectations,” said Veillon. “I think it’s a great turnout for people not really knowing what to expect coming into it.”
Veillon said she hopes to build off the event for years to come.
According to the Autism Society of America (ASA), autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is a result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain.
Also, it impacts development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills.
The ASA states both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions and leisure or play activities.
Autism is a spectrum disorder and affects each individual differently and at varying degrees.
Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-248-1010, ext. 1125 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.