It's World Autism Awareness Day

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Friday is World Autism Awareness Day, a day set aside to draw attention to Autism spectrum disorders.

Throughout this Autism Awareness Month, NewsChannel 7 will bring you a series of special reports called, "Pieces of Hope."

There are many families in our area living with Autism, in fact - according to the latest research, one child is diagnosed with Autism every 20 minutes in the U.S.

A member of the Autism Society of Central Wisconsin says with early intervention, the future for these children can be very bright.

"It is treatable but with understanding we can help these kids to really make some great strides and go out and lead normal lives," says Mike Johnson.

Johnson says the Autism of Society has helped hundreds of families in our area find the resources and support they need.