ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A local organization is changing attitudes and breaking barriers, while shining the light onto Autism.
This is RAMP's 22nd Annual Changing Attitudes, Breaking Barriers Luncheon. The group goal is to empowers people with disabilities to realize there are no limits to what they can accomplish.
Alyson Beytien, a nationally-know speaker and mother of three sons with different levels of autism was the main speaker for the event. She says right now autism is the number one childhood disorder and it's impacting our health care centers.
"What we have is a great system that was made to support individuals maybe how had the physical disability or maybe had a cognitive disability. And that's not the largest number of individuals that need the help right now. So all of the systems from education's, to social service to adult systems are having to change with the for this major influx in individuals that are coming," Beytien said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 1 in 88 children have been identified to have autism.