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Autism awareness campaign begins

April is National Autism Awareness Month

Posted: April 14, 2009 6:02 p.m.
Updated: April 14, 2009 3:00 p.m.

The Help Group, the nation's largest and most comprehensive nonprofit of its kind serving children with autism and other special needs, recently launched its annual California public awareness and education campaign in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month.

Today it is estimated that one in every 150 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The Help Group's Learn the Early Signs of Autism campaign brochures are available to the public at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Gelson's Markets, Los Angeles city and county libraries, state, county and local elected officials' offices for the Los Angeles area and online in English and Spanish at

In addition, a host of corporations are disseminating The Help Group's resource information to thousands of their staff members locally and nationally.

ABC7, the number one station in Southern California, in association with The Help Group, will re-broadcast its one hour special based on the highly acclaimed and award winning book, Autism Heroes: Portraits of Families Meeting the Challenge, by Dr. Barbara Firestone, Help Group President & CEO.

The special, scheduled to air on Saturday, April 25th, 6:30-7:30 p.m., features ABC7 anchors Michelle Tuzee, Phillip Palmer and Jovana Lara. Through a special foundation grant, copies of Autism Heroes are now available at Los Angeles city and county libraries.

Due to the generous support of Regency Outdoor Advertising, The Help Group's school and autism awareness campaign billboards are being prominently featured throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

The Help Group is pleased to partner with so many organizations who share in its commitment to bringing the message of help and hope to children with autism and their families.


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