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Autism Alliance of Northeastern New York holds first event

FLAME performs for Plattsburgh community, inspires families

FLAME, a musical group, made up of people with developmental and physical disabilities, performed for an audience at Stafford Middle School Oct. 22. The event was sponsored by the newly-formed Autism Alliance of Northeastern New York.

FLAME, a musical group, made up of people with developmental and physical disabilities, performed for an audience at Stafford Middle School Oct. 22. The event was sponsored by the newly-formed Autism Alliance of Northeastern New York. Najla Anthony

— “She was thrilled; she is blind and has rarely got to meet another blind person,” Brisco said, adding it was especially exciting for audience members or family members who shared disabilities with band members to see how much the group members have accomplished.

The band members, their accomplishments and talent inspire people and changes the way the general public view people with disabilities, she added.

According to Brisco, the idea to host FLAME in Plattsburgh came from a board member that had brought her daughter to a FLAME performance in Saranac Lake. She said it was so inspiring, for a parent of a child with Down syndrome to see that it is possible for a child living with developmental issues, like autism, to be able to achieve greatness and to live their dreams.

One of the Alliance’s missions is to bring more autism education and early autism screening to the residents in Plattsburgh.

“We want to educate the community here, not at events held miles away but to have quarterly educational and family fun activities here,” Brisco said.

Those wishing to get involved with the Autism Alliance can go to the Autism Walk’s Facebook page by searching for “Autism Awareness Walk - Plattsburgh, NY” or contact Autism Alliance board member Laura Carmichael at 570-7225.

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