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Lawton family kicks off Autism Awareness month

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A Lawton family kicked off Autism Awareness month with a spaghetti dinner on Sunday and a lot of blue. Blue is the color of support for autism. Autism is a developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.

"Doesn't matter if you think differently, that's actually awesome," said Gabriel Williams, an autism patient.

Gabriel was diagnosed with autism at three years old.

"Being autistic doesn't mean your handicap or incapable or anything but, you are able to do something,” said Gabriel.

His mother Dorthy Williams said she sent him to a special school to find out more about the disorder.

“When my son was diagnosed, we had no idea what autism was,” said Dorthy.

After learning her son had the serious disorder she developed H.O.P.E. Learning Academy, a program designed to accommodate education and behavioral needs that aren't typically met in a classroom setting.

“With my son learning those things and keeping those procedures and knowing what to do helped a whole lot,” said Dorthy. “I'm just trying with my experience to pass it on."

Gabriel said the spaghetti dinner was their way of giving back.

"Why not feed people,” said Gabriel. “So, we prepared a nice delicious spaghetti dinner with tea and we have some delicious fruit."

Dorthy said their hope is the day will spark support from the community and bring even more awareness to those diagnosed with autism.

"Just trying to make it better for people like my son,” said Dorthy. “So, that's why I do what I do.”

"We love the autistic,” said Gabriel. “We love them a lot. We wouldn't be where we are without them.”

If you would like more information on upcoming events like this one you can follow H.O.P.E. Learning Academy on Facebook.

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