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'Autism Awareness' takes the two Virginias

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- People across the country are wearing blue to show support for autism awareness.  They are also stepping up to the plate in the two Virginias. 

Wednesday is 'World Autism Awareness Day.'

At the Autism Recovery Resource Center in Beckley, they say everyday is autism action day. 

"I am tired of autism awareness. I think everyday ought to be autism action day," says Dr. Janet Lintala, founder of the Autism Recovery Resource Center.  "Here our motto is translating knowledge into action because awareness is no longer enough."

The center treats the neural development disorder with biomedical therapies, meaning they focus not only on communication, sociability and behavior, but also immune problems, gut inflammation or brain inflammation. 

To show your support for autism awareness around the Beckley area, you can purchase a "pieces of hope" cookie from Panera Bread.  The restaurant will be donating 100 percent of the cookie proceeds through April 7 to the Autism Service Delivery Center at WVU.

Another event will be held Saturday, April 5.  Students from New River Community and Technical College are sponsoring a volleyball tournament at The Place in Beckley.  Proceeds will go to the Autism Angel Fund, which specifically benefits West Virginia autism families.  To sign up, call (304) 255-2550.  Registration for a team of eight is $80.


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