Autism Speaks Walk offers families support, raises funds


IT AFFECTS CLOSE TO ONE IN EVERY 59 AMERICAN CHILDREN. TODAY, AUTISM TOOK CENTER STAGE AT THE ANNUAL AUTISM SPEAKS WALK. NBC4 IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE EVENT. NBC4’S CATHERINE ROSS SHOWS US HOW THE COMMUNITY IS RALLYING SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES HERE IN CENTRAL OHIO. CATHERINE ROSS: REPORTING: “DESPITE THE SOGGY CONDITIONS, THOUSANDS CAME OUT HERE TO COLUMBUS COMMONS TODAY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR LOVED ONES ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM. THE GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE OF ALL ABILITIES MAXIMIZES THEIR POTENTIAL.” JES SULLIVAN/TEAM JESSICA: “I’M DOING THE WALK FOR AUTISM!” FOR FAMILIES LIKE THE SULLIVANS. IT’S A CAN’T MISS EVENT. JES SULLIVAN/TEAM JESSICA: “IT FEELS LIKE BETTER THAN ANY DISNEY WORLD I COULD EVER GO TO.” THAT FEELING COMES FROM THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE SHOWING UP TO CELEBRATE THE AUTISM SPEAKS WALK. TERRI SULLIVAN/TEAM JESSICA: “IT’S OVERWHELMING ALMOST TO BE SURROUNDED BY THIS MUCH LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE.” MANY PARENTS NAVIGATING A NEW DIAGNOSIS SAY THE ACCEPTANCE LEADS TO A SUPPORT SYSTEM. MAGGIE DUMIT/TEAM NOAH AND NOLAN: “FEELING LIKE YOU’RE NOT ALONE IS AMAZING. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE A HUGE FAMILY IN A WAY.” JESSICA REITTER/TEAM OTTO: “IT’S NOT A BAD DIAGNOSIS. I THINK IT’S MORE OF A HELP. YOU’VE GOT A DIAGNOSIS, NOW YOU’VE GOT A COMMUNITY TO HELP YOU WITH WHATEVER YOU NEED.” THIS COMMUNITY IS WALKING FOR AWARENESS, EARLY INTERVENTION AND RESEARCH. MAKING SURE PEOPLE OF ALL ABILITIES ARE MAKING STRIDES IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. JES SULLIVAN/TEAM JESSICA: “IF YOU THINK AUTISM IS SUCH A BLUE COLOR. IT’S NOT. BECAUSE IT’S WHAT MAKES YOU, YOU.” CATHERINE ROSS, REPORTING: “THE GOAL WAS TO RAISE MORE THAN 400-THOUSAND DOLLARS TODAY FOR AUTISM SPEAKS. A LOT OF THAT MONEY STAYS RIGHT HERE TO HELP PROVIDE SERVICES FOR CENTRAL OHIO FAMILIES. LOCAL FOR YOU IN COLUMBUS, CATHERINE ROSS, NBC4.” DANIELLE: A SECOND WHISTLEBLOWER COMES FORWARD AS THE IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION MOVES AHEAD AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE NEW CLAIMS THAT ARE SURFACING…. DANIELLE:

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