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Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month is in full effect at GiveForward. Yesterday, our team was decked out in blue to recognize World Autism Awareness Day.

You probably saw Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building turned blue, too.

But what does all this bluish awareness really do for autism?

Autism Awareness Month provides a voice for kids like Carter.

Carter's Service Dog Fund

Carter loves playing on the beach, but his autism causes wandering behavior.

Like 1 in every 68 kids, Carter has autism. He’s 6 years old and non-verbal.

Carter also wanders. According to Carter’s mom, Amy, “he constantly attempts to wander away and has a hard time connecting with others socially.”

It’s hard to imagine the amount of worry and fear in Amy’s world. She must be extra vigilant to ensure Carter’s safety and understand his daily needs.

Wearing blue for Autism Awareness Month is a wonderful way to recognize people like Carter, but his family’s needs stretch into May and beyond. That’s why Carter’s community’s raising money for a service dog through a GiveForward Page, Carter’s Service Dog Fund.

A service dog from New Horizon’s Service Dogs, Inc. will provide stability for Carter and prevent some of his autistic behaviors like wandering. It will give him a voice on the 364 days of the year when the Empire State Building’s simply its signature white.

Are you wearing blue this month to celebrate kids like Carter? Share your photos with us using the hashtags #LIUB and #GiveForward!

Whose world will you change?