Local families take part of the annual Autism Speaks Walk to bring awareness to what the CDC says is the fastest growing disability

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Families participated in the 17th Annual St. Louis Autism Speaks Walk Saturday morning at Forest Park to bring awareness to autism as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calls autism the fastest growing developmental disability. 

Organizers said one out of 59 children are now diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The Autism Speaks Walk helps provided a free resource fair for the community.

“We have resources for our families to be able to come to when they are navigating a difficult path,” Executive Director Lisa Redtke said.

The event helps raise funds for research. Officials said the event had raised more than $10 million over the years.

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