Local school takes to the streets to recognize Autism Awareness Month

Birch Family Services joined Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center at the school to march with Bryson and other classmates to raise awareness for autism.

Faith Graham and Adolfo Carrion

Apr 6, 2024, 12:57 AM

Updated 43 days ago

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A Bronx school stood in solidarity to shed a light on autism during Autism Awareness Month on Friday.
For mother Christina Gonzalez, seeing her son be celebrated is more than she could’ve asked for.
"Oh I was already crying before the kids even came out,” said Gonzalez. “I wish that we always had things like this years ago. But autism is really common now, so I feel like people are really supportive compared to back then."
Gonzalez’s son Bryson is 3 ½ years old and began attending Birch Family Services last September, meeting all of his milestones.
Birch Family Services joined Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center at the school to march with Bryson and other classmates to raise awareness for autism. They were even joined by local high schoolers who held motivational signs in support.
"It means a lot. Because it's hard, a lot of people aren't rally aware of autism, children with autism...so it's nice to see people understand,” said parent Patrisha Leggett.


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