Green Bay students walk for Autism awareness

Posted at 9:00 PM, Apr 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-24 22:00:51-04

Students and staff from Green Bay elementary schools walked to raise awareness of autism Monday, all for their classmates and students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

The public joined children from Kennedy, Martin, King, and Red Smith schools as they marched, and families affected by autism said they appreciated the show of support.

"In our house we like to talk about neurodiversity, so there's nothing wrong with someone with autism, they're just different," said Katie Erickson, who participated in the walk. "So they think differently, maybe sometimes things in the environment may make them act differently, so it's never a dull moment."

One in 68 children in the United States have autism spectrum disorder, according to the advocacy group Autism Speaks.

The students also raised money for the Autism Society of Northeast Wisconsin. April is Autism Awareness Month.