FOREST PARK (KTVI)- Morning showers and sleepy baseball fans would not stop the largest fund raiser locally for autism research. The St. Louis Walk Now for Autism Speaks was held Saturday in Forest Park in St. Louis with an estimated 20,000 participants. This year, there was also 5K run before the walk for those that preferred a faster pace.
Autism is a complex developmental disability that is the result of a neurological disorder. Social interaction and communication skills are often affected. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is now diagnosed in one out of 88 children.
Last year, the walk raised $957,000 for autism research.