Thursday, April 3, 2008

Autism Resource Fair: First Year Success

The resource fair yesterday went well despite the nervousness I felt yesterday. We had representatives from several organizations such as Special Olympics, our city parks and recreation department, my son's special arts camp, community mental health, a school inclusion group called Everyone Together, and the Autism Society of Michigan. Information from other agencies and therapy providers had been collected and displayed as well.

Some of the moms in the autism community came out to support the resource fair planning committee from the pending chapter of Autism Society of America, which hosted this event. Once new family was happy to find us and others were happy to reconnect with the autism community.

We had many enthusiastic student volunteers from Central Michigan University and I suspect some effective networking occurred. The Student Council for Exceptional Children surprised us by donating a cute play tunnel to be raffled off along with four other items we already had. (More on this later as I have a beautiful story to share.)

Hungry Howe's Pizza donated several pizzas and a few boxes of bread, which was nice because the fair ran from 3-7 p.m. I believe the owners have a family member who is on the spectrum. We made sure their delivery man received a nice tip.

A reporter from the student newspaper interviewed members of the group and a photographer took a photo of yours truly, so it's possible I may pop up in their Friday edition. The paper is only published on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. My husband may guest post about the article if it's available tomorrow.

I'm off to Ohio for two days with the boys today to a place where there is no internet access. It's Spring Break Week for my oldest son and he really wants to visit with his grandpa, grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins. I will be back on Sunday.

1 comment:

Casdok said...

First year success - how encouraging!
Enjoy your trip!