MIDLAND, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – The 11th annual autism share walk will soon hit the Permian Basin in April, and thousands of people are expected to be there.
Once a child has received an autism diagnosis, families may feel alone and wonder where to turn. The S.H.A.R.E organization wants to bring awareness and offer help to those families.
“It’s really important because once a child is diagnosed with autism, usually parents and the family are very isolated, they don’t know about resources,” Tom Jones, executive director of S.H.A.R.E says. “They have to learn about therapy, so the autism walk tries to overcome that isolation connect them with other special families and other resources.”
Jones says he hopes this walk will help families build relationships with others and feel connected because no one should feel alone in the journey.
“Don’t be isolated, go out and find some people through different organizations that have kids in similar situations,” Jones says. “Through S.H.A.R.E, we tried to connect families through one another, and that’s one of the main things is that the relationships that families develop with one another or lifelong relationships and friendships that really support them through some difficult times.”
Although the purpose of this walk is to raise awareness, it’s also to raise funds that can help provide services for families who may have a child with autism and other special needs.
“Coming out by sponsoring by forming a team and raising some money with friends you’re helping families with kids who have special needs become connected, and you’re helping the whole family serve their child a lot better,” Jones says.
The Autism S.H.A.R.E walk will be on April 18th. To find out more details about the walk and where to register, click the link below: