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The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

Chick-fil-A Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns in 2013

ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A's wildly popular Daddy-Daughter Date Night will return in February.

More than 100 Atlanta- and Athens-area Chick-fil-A restaurants will host the event on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Every couple in attendance will receive an activity sheet with conversation topics and a booklet called "Continuing the Conversation," which gives the dads and daughters suggestions for getting to know each other better.

"One of Chick-fil-A's goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we serve," Chick-fil-A area marketing director Robin Lomax said in a statement. "We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughters' company over a meal and have fun."

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.

Heart to Heart 5K to benefit Kedron ES

Heart to Heart 5K to benefit Kedron ES

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The next race in the Peachtree City Running Club's Grand Prix Series will be held at Kedron Elementary School.

Money raised by the Heart to Heart 5K and 1-mile fun run directly benefits Kedron Elementary.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Admission is $20 for the 5K and $15 for the fun run; register no later than Jan. 18 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Runners who don't wish to collect a T-shirt can register for only $10.

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Learn more about the race at kedronknights.org.

Kedron Elementary School is located at 200 Kedron Drive.

Tickets on sale for Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

Tickets on sale for Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The 21st annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Festivities include face painting, visits from Flapjack the Raccoon and, of course, a big breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee.

Tickets are now on sale for the fun family event, which will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McIntosh High School. The cost is $5 in advance or $6 at the door.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Peachtree City Walmart and the Braelinn and Kedron Krogers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 12 and 19.

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

AKA holding peace rally for middle school students

ATLANTA -- Members of metro Atlanta's chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will hold a peace rally and workshop for middle school students over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Ivy Community Center in southwest Atlanta. It is part of the 40 Days of Peace project, which aims to spread service and kindness through the country.

The peace rally and workshop will aim to teach young people about Dr. King's mission, and to raise awareness of crime and crime prevention strategies. Law enforcement members will also give an interactive presentation to encourage children to stamp out gangs and bullying.

Middle school students from several metro Atlanta counties -- Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale -- are expected to participate.

Registration open for father/daughter dance

Registration open for father/daughter dance

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- This year's Peachtree City father/daughter dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.

The father/daughter dance is a fun evening of music, dancing, refreshments and enough memories to last a lifetime.

Registration is now underway for the annual event. The cost is $45 per couple. Non-Fayette County residents can bring additional daughters for $20 each.

The dance will be held at Kedron Fieldhouse.