CHICAGO (CBS) — More than two million people live with autism and on Saturday, Governor Quinn visited the Brookfield Zoo to proclaim Autism Awareness Day across the state of Illinois.

“More than two million people live with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States,” Governor Quinn said. “During Autism Awareness Month it is our duty to listen, educate and learn about autism, support the autism community and get involved. By participating in Autism Awareness Day, we can make Illinois a more educated and welcoming state.”

Quinn was joined by Congressman Luis Gutierrez

The Brookfield Zoo is in its second year of a partnership with Autism Speaks to raise awareness for autism. The zoo provided a day to help children with autism connect with animals to help them learn to interact and communicate better in honor of Autism Awareness Day.

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