Locals form human ribbon to celebrate Autism Awareness Month

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - April is Autism Awareness Month, and to kick things off, the Autism Society of Alaska invited the community to join them yesterday in making a human ribbon at UAF.

Around 50 people gathered in front of the Gruening Building, holding balloons and cheering.

This is the 7th year locals have stood in the human ribbon to raise awareness for everyone affected by autism.

The Autism society of Alaska, or ASA, has several events planned throughout the month, including a community enrichment presentation about the biomedical treatment options for autism, a sensory friendly day at the Fairbanks Children's Museum, and a UAF silent auction fundraiser.

The executive director of ASA, Danielle Tessen, says this month is about more than just awareness.

"Autism Awareness Month is important because it is not only about awareness and letting the public know what autism is but also about acceptance. Getting the word out there. A lot of people have heard of autism now, with one in 68 people being diagnosed, people know, but it's more about acceptance and understanding what resources are available, services here in Fairbanks and just getting the word out," said Tessen.

To find out about more Alaskan activities going on during Autism Awareness Month, please visit ASAGoldenHeart.org.