Autism forum planned to give community an opportunity to share ideas for services

PLATTSBURGH - The Clinton County Advocacy and Resource Center will host a forum in recognition of April as National Autism Awareness Month.

"Autism Spectrum Service: A Panel Discussion" will be held at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road, this Wednesday, April 27.

The forum, said Todd M. Castine, director of clinical services for the center, will give a brief overview of services offered for those with autism and give the audience an opportunity to ask local experts questions about the developmental disorder.

"It's going to be an open forum to honor National Autism Awareness Month, but also create an open discussion with experts in the field of autism," said Castine.

The center has hosted similar forums in the past, though this year's forum will be on "A much larger scale," said Castine.

"This time around we've coordinated with MVP Kids, Nexus, North Country Kids, Parent to Parent and autism awareness folks and we're trying to get other organizations involved too," said Castine.

Questionnaires will be given to those attending the forum in the hopes their feedback can improve help for those with autism locally.

"We're hoping to use the info we get from people to demonstrate to the state we need more funding for services," said Castine.

The April 27 event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., with the panel discussion slated to begin at 5:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Castine at 563-0930 or tcastine@cviarc.org.

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