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With Cases On The Rise, A Benefit For Area Children With Autism



Las Cruces - March 31, 2012 - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Chair of the Hearts for Autism Board, Abel Covarrubias, and with Camp New Amigos Liaison, Amanda Morton to talk about this year’s benefit for area children with autism. 

According to a report this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, also known as ASD. This is the highest estimate to date. ASD’s are reported to occur in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups, yet are on average 4 to 5 times more likely to occur in boys than in girls. Autism affects three different parts of development: communication, social interaction, and repetitive movements.

Three years ago the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico established the “Hearts for Autism Fund” to provide support and resource services for families living with ASD. Part of this service is “Camp New Amigos,” a week long day camp for children with autism, held on the campus of New Mexico State University.

To kick off National Autism Month in April, the Third Annual Mariposa MASCquerade Ball will be held Saturday evening, March 31st from 5:30 to 11 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces. Proceeds from the event will benefit the “Hearts for Autism Fund” at the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. For more information call (575)526-6682 or visit online heartsforautismlc.com.