The Autism Society of Ohio hosted the PuzzleMania event Sunday at the Oh Wow Children’s Center in downtown Youngstown.
Money raised from the fundraiser will support programming for families in the Mahoning Valley.
Teams competed in putting together jig-saw puzzles in a variety of sizes.
April is Autism Awareness Month. The puzzle piece has been nationally adopted as the official symbol for autism.
“There are so many facets to it, and it’s been so long that people are still trying to understand what it’s all about,” said Aundrea Cika of the Autism Society of Ohio. “So they adopted the puzzle piece as a symbol. Because, they say if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve only met one with autism, because it manifests itself so differently in every person.”
The occurrence of children with autism has increased. Statistics show that one in 55 children have autism, that’s one child on every school bus.