Schaghticoke, N.Y. - April 2nd is World Autism Awareness day and one local mom is fighting back, hoping to spread awareness and acceptance.
"We have to help. We have to do something," said Tara Ham.
As Ham sat and played with her three children Tuesday, she was keeping a careful eye on her son Joshua, now 5-years-old. Joshua was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2, but Ham saw symptoms at just six-months-old.
"He never looked in your eyes. He would look over my shoulder. He would look in my mouth,"said Ham.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Autism impacted 1 in 88 children but now that has increased to 1 in 50 children. Ham says she's fighting back against those alarming numbers by spreading awareness.
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