World autism awareness day: Grazing Awareness

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – April 2nd is world autism awareness day and that means something special for a local family.

Five years ago, Susan Scott had her son, Alex.

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When he was 18 months old, she started noticing things that might put him on the spectrum.

“He would sometimes rearrange objects by size or by color, but then he would fixate on that and I couldn’t pull him out of his world,” said Susan Scott.

When Alex was about two years old, she took him in for a diagnosis and learned her son had autism.



Now, Alex is five and Susan says it’s amazing to see the milestones he’s made.

She admits there are tough days and she knew she wasn’t alone.

She created a group known as ‘My Autism Tribe’ and it’s a place where parents and caregivers can lean on one another.

“It’s really nice to be a part of a community where people just get you,” said Scott.

One day at the dinner table, she thought food is something that always brings people together.

She came up with the idea of grazing awareness.

Nine Lexington restaurants are involved and for every purchase on April 2nd, a portion of the proceeds will go back to ‘My Autism Tribe.’

Participating restaurants include:

Nick Ryan’s, The BLVD Grill, BurgerFi, Pie Five Pizza, Ranada’s Bistro and Bar, BJ’s Brewhouse, Saul Good (Hamburg), Third Street Stuff and Coffee, and O’Neills.