Parish president names April as Autism Awareness Month _lowres

Photo provided by Lester Kenyon -- Attending the Ascension Parish Council meeting March 19 to proclaim April as Autism Awareness Month in Ascension Parish, from left, are Ascension Parish Councilman Kent Schexnaydre holding Reecie Crooks, Parish President Tommy Martinez, Jamie Tindle, Allen Crooks and Christie Crooks.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaimed April as Autism Awareness Month in Ascension Parish during a Parish Council meeting in Gonzales.

Jamie Tindle, executive director of Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, accepted the March 19 proclamation.

“Ascension Parish is an amazing group of supporters, citizens and council that has always supported Families Helping Families,” Tindle said.

Tindle said current numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the incidence of autism in the nation is 1 in 68.

Tindle said the sixth annual Active for Autism 5K Run/Walk and Fun Fest will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Louisiana State Police Training Grounds at Independence Boulevard in Baton Rouge.

About 6,000 runners and supporters are expected at the event.

“It is a fundraiser for Families Helping Families, and it allows us to continue to serve families, which many live in Ascension Parish,” Tindle said.

For more information about the walk, call (225) 216-7474 or visit