Autism awareness talk next week

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An information evening on autism awareness will be held in Oamaru next week.
The aim of the information evening is to share information on how CCS Disability Action is able to support and help families with autistic children by sharing resources.
It will also cover how to go about applying for funding, and focus on encouraging families with autistic children to get to know each other so they can establish a support network.
Barbara Keeling, from Generosity, an Oamaru charity shop which provides financial assistance for families with autistic children, will speak on funding, while CCS Disability Action service co-ordinator Kim Kennedy will speak about what the organisation has to offer.
Anna Keno will give a talk on speech and language therapy, and Yanina Vidal will speak on the work the Waitaki Autism Trust has done in the community.
Mrs Kennedy said while there was now more awareness of autism and its impact on local families, there was a lack of support for children with disabilities, be it physical or learning, in Oamaru, something she was keen to see change.
“I’m hoping it will be quite informative … It’s a way for people to meet each other and talk about things. The Generosity shop has always worked in conjunction with CCS. They’ve always given very generous support there for a lot of children and our services.
“CCS really recognise that, so we are trying to open our doors and ask what can we do as an agency to support people.”Parents, teachers, support workers, teacher aides and any other interested parties are invited to the information evening at CCS Disability Action, 316 Thames Highway, on June 15 from 7pm.