Retirement living seniors often play an active role in their grandchildren's lives. However, one Texas woman took serious strides to help her grandson after he was diagnosed with autism.
MyWestNews.com reports that Malissa Roach, of Midland, Texas, recently learned that her 4-year-old grandson had the disorder. Instead of becoming depressed by the diagnosis, she channeled her energy into organizing an Autism Speaks walk in her hometown.
"I'm hoping to raise awareness as to what autism is, how common it is," Roach told the news source.
So far there have been over 130 people who have registered for the walk and there are expected to be 400 to 500 participants total.
"I don't think it's as recognized as it probably should be anywhere," Roach said.
According to AutismSociety.com, one percent of the population of children ages 13-17 has autism.
It is currently the fastest growing developmental disability.
Retirement living seniors who have grandchildren affected by this disorder should realize there are many different ways to help children with autism. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the better doctors can help patients and their families.