Dozens of Bronx residents walk to raise awareness for children with autism

Dozens of people took part in the first walk in the Bronx to raise awareness for children with autism. The event kicked off at Jacobi Medical Center in Pelham Parkway.

Bronx parents and their autistic children walked to raise money for research and a cure for autism. Officials say autism is a neurological disorder that affects how the brain functions. According to the Autism Society of America, boys are four times more likely to develop the disorder than girls.

The Autism Society says the disorder affects one in every 250 children, making it the second most common developmental disability. Experts say there are as many as 1.5 million Americans believed to have some form of autism.

Event organizers say they plan on holding another walk for autism research next year.

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