Hope Network kicks off National Autism Month with Blue Bridge walk

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — City and state officials joined community members in the fight against autism on Wednesday.

The Hope Network Bridge Walk for Autism took place on the Blue Bridge downtown.

Mayor George Heartwell and Lt. Govenor Brian Calley took part in the event.

For Calley, the cause is personal.  “It is time to change the way we look at autism spectrum disorders,” said Calley. “Our daughter Reagan has taught us not to predetermine our outcomes or limit our expectations about what she can do.”

Officials said autism affects one in 68 children.

“April is Autism Awareness Month, but let’s change our mindset to autism acceptance, not just awareness,” Calley added.

Around 500 people showed up for the event.


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