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April is National Autism Awareness Month and it is the time of year to bring extra attention and educate the community about Autism while also helping to increase funding for continued research.

P1010076On April 2, San Diego’s Balboa Park will be lighting many of the buildings located along El Prado blue for the night in support of World Autism Awareness Day. Balboa Park will be one of many locations around the world, such as the Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House,  the International Space Station, and of course, many San Diego Storage West locations, showing their support when they light up their buildings at 7 p.m for the “Light It Up Blue” campaign.

P1010078This event hits close to home for Tim and Jenny, managers of our Escondido location, because their first grandchild was born special. Giovanni was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months. Here is what Tim and Jenny have to say about Giovanni.

“We suspected something was different as early as 6 Months. We actually thought he was deaf. After extensive testing and evaluations, we were told he is Autistic. Thanks to early intervention he has Flourished. Giovanni is a Very smart and Loving Child. He has a Heart of gold. Despite his challenges he tries his hardest and always has a Smile on his face. He is the Light of Our lives. We are Proud to call him Ours.”

To gain a better awareness of what Autism is and how it affects the individual and their families, here are some helpful sites with loads of useful information.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/

http://www.nfar.org/

Donations can also be made here.

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