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Autism Supports Day aims to connect families with people who can help

Grande Prairie parents of children with Autism are being invited to learn about what supports are out there for their children. Autism Supports Day sponsored by CARE has been created to raise awareness for services offered in Grande Prairie.

“I have put this event together with just the intention of families coming together to meet other families going through the same thing… Also [we’re] having different community people come out and have tables set up with resources for the families,” says Organizer Amanda Werny.

Local businesses like Gateway Dental and The Headroom have signed on for the day in hopes of showing parents what services they offer for children with Autism like The Headroom’s sensory haircuts.

As a former Education Assistant who worked with children with Autism, Werny says she knows it can be hard for parents to know where to go once they receive a diagnosis.

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“I’ve noticed that there are not a lot of resources or someone out there kind of helping these families to set them up in the right direction once their child has been diagnosed or their not really sure where to look if they’ve just moved here… hopefully we can help some families out and send then in the right direction.”

The event will be held at Muskoseepi Park on August 31st from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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