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Seminole County raises Autism awareness

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Saturday is National Autism Awareness Day and the Seminole County Civitan Club is hosting a "Spring Fling" to raise money and awareness.

15 year old Kalon Delk, like thousands of other children in the United States, is Autistic. "It's nothing to do with how we raised them. It's nothing to do with how they want to act. They just can not deal with all of the sensory information that's coming in," says mother Sherri Delk.

Sherri Delk is his mom and she's President of the Seminole County Civitan Club. The club is hosting its first annual Spring Fling Saturday to raise money for people with special needs.The Seminole County Sheriff and District Attorney will be set up in the dunk tank and there will be lots of games. "Lots and lots of kid games, pony rides, we have a bouncy house, snow cone machine, lots of food and fun," said Delk.

Other children with autism are set to attend, but Delk says their parents need to play it by ear. "Meltdowns are real common with kids with Autism so you just kind of have to take it day by day. Planning is something that you just can't do."

Delk says the point of this month is to educate anyone who is unaware of the disease. "As the parent of a child with Autism it just really is hard to get understanding from the community. When you take your child out it seems that they're misbehaving, it's not always that."

Kalon is non verbal and has a hard time communicating. His mother says although he doesn't really talk, he speaks directly to her heart.

Tomorrows event begins at 10:00 AM at the old FDR Schoolhouse in Donalsonville.


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