AC Hosts Autism Awareness Event

AMARILLO - Amarillo College partnered with the Panhandle ABA Resource Association (PARA) today to host an activity-filled morning that included the inaugural BLUE MAN DASH, a 5K run and autism awareness walk.

It also featured kid-friendly activities, a silent auction, entertainment and refreshments at Carter Fitness Center on AC’s Washington Street Campus.

Proceeds will go to PARA, whose mission is “to provide resources and supports to people with developmental disabilities, and those that care for them.”

The event featured an officially timed 5K supported by the Lone Star Runners Club and an autism awareness walk, both of which took place on 24th Street.

Shane Hepler, AC’s Chief Information Officer and co-organizer of the event, said one out of every 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and AC and PARA said they look forward many annual BLUE MAN DASH events to come.

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