Autism support group available to families in Stokes

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Families in the autism community now have a new support group in the Autism Society of North Carolina Stokes County Chapter. This new support group will help families of children and adults who live with autism to connect to educational workshops, therapeutic resources and participate in building a supportive community.

The website of the Autism Society of North Carolina, www.autismsociety-nc.org, gives families in Stokes County access to autism information, educational webinars, and contact information for staff including Autism Resource Specialists. These specialists are all parents of adults with autism who can assist parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators to find resources in the community and provide advice during the Individual Education Plan process. The Autism Resource Specialists can also provide training and education to community groups, first responders, and educators.

One major concern of parents of children with special needs is planning for the future. To help families, the Autism Society of North Carolina is providing a link to an educational webinar on Thursday, June 28, at 1 pm which will cover the newly established NC ABLE savings/investment account system. The NC ABLE account allows individuals with special needs to save funds for education, medical therapy, transportation, housing and assistive technology without jeopardizing other social service benefits. To register for the webinar, please connect through this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4139149297363034114

The Autism Society of North Carolina Stokes County Chapter will hold the next support group meeting on Monday, August 20, 6:30 – 8 pm at the Stokes Wellness Center, Autumn Square, 3169 NC 8 Highway South, Suite 200, Walnut Cove, NC 27052. For more information, please contact Julie Coulter, Autism Society of NC, Regional Chapter Coordinator for the Triad: jcoulter@autismsociety-nc.org.

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