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Hope Network Bridge Walk For Autism Makes Its Return

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Hope Network Autism Bridge Walk

April is Autism Acceptance Month. And while COVID forced its cancellation last year, the “Hope Network Bridge Walk for Autism” is back this year.

“I think that the community is becoming more aware of it, but I still think that there is a lot of work to be done for acceptance of individuals with autism.”

That’s Maggie Moore, Executive Director for Hope Network Center for Autism. She says she hopes the Hope Network Bridge Walk help make the statement that autistic invididuals are an important part of the community. The walk was put on hold last year, due to COVID. Moore says it is an important event.

“It’s all about bringing the community together and making sure autistic individuals are accepted in the community and that they are just as important as every other member in the community. That is part of the significance of us walking together, is that we’re all together.”

The Hope Network’s Bridge Walk for Autism runs in conjunction with the Sensory Friendly Museum Night at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The walk is at 5 and will be followed by the museum event. In 2021 the Centers for Disease Control reported that approximately one in 44 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

The Bridge Walk is Thursday, starting at 5 pm at the Blue Bridge. You can find more info or register at hopenetwork.org/bridgewalk.