ATLANTA, Georgia (March 26, 2015)—Roswell, GA Mayor Jere Wood signed a proclamation on March 23, 2015 declaring Thursday, April 2, 2015 World Autism Awareness Day and April Autism Awareness Month in Roswell. “We couldn’t be happier with the support of Mayor Wood and the City Council”, said Ray Johnson, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Georgia. “1 in 64 children in Georgia have autism according to the recent study by the CDC. This is a slightly higher prevalence rate than the national rate of 1 in 68.”
To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, the Autism Society of Georgia is hosting an awareness event at the Heart of Roswell Park on Canton Street. The event is part of the Autism Society of Georgia’s awareness campaign, “The Future is Bright.” The event will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about autism. It will include live music from local musician Alex Young, and will culminate with the lighting of luminaries in the Park. “We estimate that there are more than 1,400 children and adults with autism in Roswell. We’d like to light a luminary for each one. While our goal is to promote awareness we want to send a message that the future is bright for everyone touched by autism by taking action for inclusion, acceptance and appreciation of the unique gifts of those with autism,” says Johnson.
In addition to the activities in the Heart of Roswell Park, Roswell restaurants Table & Main and Osteria Mattone are supporting World Autism Awareness Day and the Autism Society of Georgia. Both restaurants are donating 20% of their sales to the Autism Society of Georgia that evening.