Posted: Apr 9, 2012 5:45 PM by Dax VanFossen (KAJ News)
Updated: Apr 10, 2012 7:36 AM
KALISPELL- April marks Autism Awareness Month and a Flathead children's clinic wants
you to see just how many children face this illness.
The Child Development Center in Kalispell has placed one pinwheel in their yard for every child affected by autism in the Flathead Valley and on Monday there were 241 pinwheels standing.
If you think that number is large, a recent release by the Center for Disease Control or the CDC says that 1 in 84 children in the United States is affected with autism. At the Child Development Center in Kalispell, Karlyn Gibbs says they wanted the Flathead to know how serious this illness is.
"We had a little boy and his dad stopped by the other day, and they came into the office to thank us for the display and the little boy said, one of those pinwheels is for me. He was a little boy with autism. So it does, I think bring meaning to the community, to see that each one of those represents a little person."
To learn more about the child development center in Kalispell, Click Here.