The Yellow Door came together out of two desires: to support individuals with autism and their families as well as provide volunteer opportunities and promote awareness to the Chico community. The Center for Disease Control places the current rates of autism at 1/68 children—a number that continues to increase. Individuals with autism and other disabilities and their families often fight for awareness, recognition as individuals and services that are limited. Our hope is to connect students and community members with willing individuals with autism and their families to promote understanding, personal connection and disability awareness. Our intent is through events such as Chico Walks for Autism a greater sense of community and awareness will be developed for all those participating.