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DAC NW CREATES AUTISM AWARENESS EVENT

The best way to effect change in a community is to come together. And that’s what DAC NW is doing, partly to help fundraise for a new accessible stage lift for the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre and the community and partly because by coming together we can raise awareness about the importance of inclusion.

What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of one autistic boy take matters in their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse autistic teens and training them with high expectations and zero pity. The documentary “Swim Team” chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning.

DAC is partnering with local organizations that have something to offer people on the autism spectrum. An informative pre-film presentation will be given. There will be a special meet and greet with puppies in training from Autism Anchoring Dogs and Canine Companions for Independence. Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), a community outreach program of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and a United Way Agency will present a short slide show on the horseback riding lessons they offer for children & adults with a wide variety of disabilities. Families Together will present information on their services and support they provide for families with children on the autism spectrum and other disabilities. The Green Apple Project will have information available about the outreach activities they provide for family involvement and support, as well as Health Aides Made Easy which sells clothing designed with specific autism needs in mind.

Michele Stedman, a resident of Lewiston, will be speaking about her personal experience living with autism. She has published a book on her experiences to help people understand that autism is just a different way of experiencing the world.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the program starts at 7:00 pm. The film is free but donations are welcome! The Kenworthy Theatre is located at 508 South Main Street in Moscow. Come on out to support “Life Happens on a Stage” and make our community more accessible.

 

 


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