April is National Autism Month. Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, and occurs in approximately 1 out of every 68 births. Autism is five times more prevalent in boys (1 in 42) than girls (1 in 89) and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries. Family income, lifestyle and educational levels do not affect the chance of autism’s occurrence.

Photo Chris Popper

Former MDI Trojan Chris Heel as part of his senior exhibition in 2014 organized an Autism Awareness Walk and raised over $3000 for the Autism Society of Maine. Now in it’s 5th year, the Sea of Blue Autism Walk will take place on Saturday April 28th in Northeast Harbor. There is a 2 mile walk and a 5k race. New this year is a 5K Dog Runs. All proceeds will go to the Autism Society of Maine. Registration is $26.06.  To register click HERE.

The walk begins at 9:30AM and the run at 10AM. Awards and post race refreshments will take place at the Tan Turtle Tavern in Northeast Harbor