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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The number of people diagnosed with Autism in Georgia, may be higher than the national average.

A report out from the Marcus Autism center in Atlanta shows that 1 in 98 children in Georgia have autism.

The national average is 1 in 110.

Diane Blocker, Director of the Albany Autism Center says they conducted their own study using the national average and the number of kids enrolled in schools to determine the need in our area.

"We came up with over 300 children within Dougherty county and within a 40 mile radius could potentially be diagnosed with Autism and so that spoke volumes that we needed services here," said Blocker.

If you would like to find out more about Autism, Blocker invites everyone to come out to the Fourth annual Albany Autism Awareness walk, April 24th at 10 am. It will be held at the Parks at Chehaw, and it's a free event.

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