LCPS hosted more than 150 visitors and representatives of 16 agencies and programs that provide services for the autistic during the third annual Autism Connection Fair on Wednesday at the district's central office.
The event is part of LCPS's observance of April as National Autism Awareness Month.
The fair brought together representatives of programs offered by the school system, by Lenoir County-based agencies and by several agencies from outside the county, including the Autism Society of North Carolina, Behavioral Consultation and Psychological Services and TEACCH, a provider of clinical and educational services through regional centers coordinated by the University of North Carolina.
"This was our third annual event and the best attended, with the most vendors and the most fun," Vivian Roach, director of LCPS's exceptional children's department, which organized the event.
"We had more parents come through and I saw a lot of good information being exchanged," Julie Hill, the department's assistant director, said. "I actually saw physical therapists on the floor working with children and their parents. It was a great event."
About a hundred autistic students are enrolled in LCPS in virtually every grade and every school. Depending on their age and needs, they and their parents get assistance from the school system’s pre-school, psychology, assistive technology, social skills, speech therapy and curriculum programs – all of which were represented at the Autism Connection Fair.
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