Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research Walks for Individuals with Autism.

Wes Dotson at The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research said it opened in 2005 to help autistic people and families in the Lubbock area.
"So we're really about services, about research, and also about preparing educators and others to work with and be aware of individuals with autism."
Since the Burkhart Center opened they have held the Autism Awareness Walk, but don't worry you don't have to train for this one.
"So it's not a timed thing, it's certainly not a race. It's just that everyone will come  to the stadium then basically just walk around the stadium. And they visit the booths and talk to the people who were there, play with the kids, get their picture taken with the masked rider and raider red. It's meant to be really a fun day."
Sam Shreffler was living at home with his parents and interacting with people before coming to the Burkhart Center. Now Sam is thriving on his own.
"So now-a-days I've got my own place, I've got a part time job, and I'm also on the verge of getting a drivers license."
The Burkhart Center can be a vital resource for a person with autism and Sam plans to show his support this Sunday.
"I've always attended the Burkhart walk ever since I've heard about it and I'm not stopping now."

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