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Bowling for Autism

Bowling for Autism

by Elizabeth Fay

WESTON (WAOW)--For some kids, socializing is difficult. It becomes a greater challenge when you add a developmental disorder like autism. The Central Wisconsin AUsome Social Group hosted a bowling event today at Dale's Weston Lanes to let families with autistic kids interact and bring awareness to the disorder.

Organizers decorated the bowling alley with puzzle pieces. That's to symbolize the uniqueness of the disorder. "It's such a mysterious, kind of puzzling disorder. There is no known cause. There is research going on to figure it out and put the pieces together, " say AUsome Coordinator, Dana Glaser.

The disorder makes it difficult for people to communicate and interact with others. It's something 17 year-old Lucas Muelver knows first hand. He opened up about his challenges with autism.

Like many autistic kids, he says he has trouble following a routine and socializing with kids his age. "We generally get along better with adults than our own peers, just because we seem more comfortable with adults around us. A lot of peers don't always see us as normal, " says Muelver.

The even also aimed at raising funds to help solve the mystery of autism. Proceeds will go towards research, camp scholarships and activities.

Online Reporter: Elizabeth Fay

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