I have a 21-year-old son with autism. When he started school at Toliver in 1997, he was one of two in the Danville system with the official diagnosis of autism. How things have changed!
Statistics recently released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that one in 88 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Though the statistics are alarming, awareness is ever-increasing.
An event occurred April 17 that I would never have imagined in 1995. The Danville High School baseball team declared “Autism Awareness Night” at Admiral field. With April being Autism Awareness month, and the team anticipating a large crowd as it took on crosstown rival Boyle County, it was the ideal choice.
There was autism awareness jewelry for sale in support of the Wilderness Trace Child Development Center as well as assorted baked goods and bracelets made by students in support of the Danville Behavior/Autism Cadre. However, the highlight of the evening was the presentation between the varsity and junior varsity games.