Orioles to host autism awareness day Sunday

The Baltimore Orioles will recognize National Autism Awareness Month during their final home game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Camden Yards.

The organization plans to donate $5 from every ticket sold, including discounted Upper Reserve tickets, purchased here to Autism Speaks.

Jake Stirmer, who's a 22-year-old on the autism spectrum, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. His mother, Stacey Stirmer, will be honored as Sunday's Birdland Community Hero. Jake inspired "Voices for Autism" event in the fall of 2016, which raised $50,000 to support the National Capital Area Chapter of Autism Speaks, according to a press release.

Autism Speaks works to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

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