IT can be a long road for children with autism and their parents.
Tomorrow’s Ballarat Autism Network Autism Walk at Lake Wendouree is about making that journey a little bit easier by making others more aware.
Autism and its close relative Asperger syndrome are lifelong development disabilities that make it difficult for children to interact with others.
Coral Loader’s son Corey is autistic.
Coral says if more people are aware of the condition, it may make it easier for people to show understanding towards autistic people and those who love them.
“The walk is not about raising money. It is about creating awareness and, through that, social acceptance for the kids, adults with autism, and parents of children with autism.”
Autism covers a broad spectrum of impairment in communication, social interaction and behaviour. Tomorrow’s 2km walk, starting 11am, will be Mrs Loader’s and Corey’s third together, as they and about 100 others walk from Durham Point, through Fairyland to the big playground, this year with yellow, blue and white colours and in bright Autism Awareness colours.
It won’t be easy but it may be a laugh.
“We’re blessed because Corey has a great sense of humour,” Coral says.