Art exhibit aims to raise awareness of autism

Associated PressApril 4, 2012 

A group dedicated to raising awareness of autism is conducting its second "Art for Autism" exhibit at Alaska sites.

The Alaska Autism Resource Center is sponsoring displays at four locations in Anchorage: Loussac Library, Dimond Center mall, Indigo Tea Lounge and Midnight Sun Cafe.

The center will also have a display at the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks.

Project coordinator Krista James says the art show theme is self-portraits submitted by Alaskans with autism and their families.

Autism spectrum disorders are developmental disabilities that can cause social, communication and behavioral challenges, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website.

The CED estimates that about 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder.

Art for Autism is part of Autism Awareness Month throughout April.

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