Several activities will take place this week in Terre Haute to recognize World Autism Awareness Day.
On Wednesday, April 2, the Terre Haute Bowling Center will hold a special bowling session from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Games will cost $1.75 each, and shoe rental will be free.
Also on Wednesday, Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett will make a proclamation in his office at City Hall, at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Show Place 12 in Terre Haute will have a special screening of "Horton Hears a Who" for the Autism Community at 10 a.m. The lights will be dimmed and the volume lowered, offering individuals with autism to enjoy a movie without worry.
Movie staff will be available if assistance is needed.
The Terre Haute Chapter of Autism Speaks, the nation's leading Autism advocacy organization, is planning the 2008 Terre Haute Walk Now For Autism event for Saturday, Sept. 20, at Memorial Stadium.
Thousands of walkers -- including individuals with autism, their families and friends -- will join together to raise funds for scientific research and to increase awareness about a growing health crisis that now affects 1 in every 150 children.
All proceeds from the event benefit Autism Speaks, and the Terre Haute event will help contribute to the estimated $32 million raised nationwide this year.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Another child is diagnosed every 20 minutes.
For additional information about Autism Speaks, visit www.autismspeaks.org.