Walking for Autism

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM EDT

Getzville, N.Y. (WKBW) - Shamus Ryan is fifteen-year-old. Just like other teens, his I-pad is always by his side.

Shamus stands out from the rest. He is autistic. Although he can speak, he relies on this technology to help him communicate.

His mom Laura Ryan said this technology, along with many other resources, has helped Shamus to develop.

"My son has been coming here since he was three and he is now 15. I don't know where he would be without the help of Summit," Ryan said.

Now, they are reaching out to the community for Summit's Walk For Autism Awareness Walk on Saturday.

"The walk is one of my favorite days of the year. We'll have 3000 to 4000 of our intimate friends and family and I think they use it as a day to get out with all the kids and their families," Summit Chief Executive Officer Stephen Anderson said.

They hope to raise about $300,000 with the help of people like Duane Paddock of Paddock Chevrolet.

"The work that Summit does for the children of Western New York and the family support it gives is really an asset that people don't recognize that we have in Western New York and how important it is in improving the life of a child," Paddock said.

Ryan had this to add.

"My family and I have been attending the Summit walk since the beginning and it's amazing how it has grown. It's amazing how the community and especially our family and friends come together to support our son and Summit Educational Resources," Ryan said.

Autism affects one in 50 children. Laura said the more money raised, the more children and families can be helped.

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