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Local Author Writes for Autism Awareness

BALLSTON SPA -- The Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness month in April since the 1970s. It's their way of spreading light on a growing need for concern and awareness about autism.

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children. Boys are four times more likely to have it, and right now there is no known cause or cure for the developmental disability.

"I am not worried about the cause," says Carolyn Huston. "My son already has it, and there's nothing that can be done about that. What can be done is giving him the best lifestyle we can through lots of time and lots of work."

Ever since James was born, Huston has devoted her life to not just her son James, but also to spreading awareness.

"A lot of kids are scared of kids that are different, or people that act differently, and they don't know how to react with them," says Huston.

Huston spreads awareness through her children's books starring main character, her son, James.

Huston has published four books and they are all available for purchase on Amazon. Two of the books, "James Learns He Has Autism," and "James' Journey to the Amusement Park," just came out in conjunction with this April's Autism Awareness month. Huston is also currently working on a autism holiday series, the first book is expected sometime in October.

"When James was born 1-110 people had autism, then it went to 1-88, and now it's 1-68, so there's going to be a lot more people with autism, and people need to learn how to accept that, and learn how to relate to these people with autism, and not be afraid of them," says Huston.

James has come a long way in one years time, this summer he will continue with a method known as Hippotherapy. It's offered at the Saratoga Therapeutic Equestrian Program, (STEP) and located in Glenville. The program is designed to help special needs individuals feel independent and confident, and they do this using horses.

James will also try golfing, baseball, fishing, and soccer through Sports are for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) in Clifton Park.
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