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Autism Expo and Life After High School Resource Fair April 14

A free Autism Expo and Life After High School Resource Fair will be held Sunday at the City Center. A free Autism Expo and Life After High School Resource Fair will be held Sunday at the City Center.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Autism Expo and Life After High School Resource Fair will take place noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Broadway. 

The event will feature a comprehensive display of resources, educational tools, and products specifically curated for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community, co-hosted by The ARC Lexington and Saratoga Bridges.

Highlights will include educational presentations, musical activities featuring members of the globally celebrated band, Flame, and a specially designed sensory space facilitated by Maria College’s Occupational Therapy department.

The event is free and suitable for the whole family is your go-to place in the Capital/Northern NYS region for connecting with a supportive community, exploring resources, and discovering new opportunities tailored for families, caregivers, and individuals with ASD and I/DD.

What is autism spectrum disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The term “spectrum” refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment that people with ASD can have.

The behavioral signs of ASD often appear early in development with many children showing symptoms by 12 months to 18 months of age or earlier. It affects people in different ways and can range from mild to severe. The federal government’s Autism CARES Act of 2014 brought attention to the need to expand research and improve coordination among all of the components of the NIH that fund ASD research.

Ballston Spa-based Saratoga Bridges, among its many services, established an Autism Task Force in 2006 comprised of agency professionals and parents, with the goal of providing a myriad of resources to offer the highest level of services to people on the Autism Spectrum and their families. 

Expo Events: 

Interactive music session with the internationally acclaimed band, FLAME The Band

Free learning sessions with experts

Networking with over 65 exhibitors

A peaceful Sensory Space designed by Maria College’s Occupational Therapy department

Quiet Consultation Lounge for in-depth discussions

Engaging children’s activities by the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, CDPHP & C W Hair Design Studio

Family activities including Raffles and Photo Booths by Transitions

Learning Session Highlights:

Dr. Gina Cosgrove on supporting children with ASD 

Ed Wilcenski, Esq., of Wilcenski Pleat Law on financial management and advocacy planning

Dr. Priya Winston & Rhiannon Fralick of Transitions on supporting neurodiverse teens and young adults

The Arc Lexington & Saratoga Bridges, a chapter of The Arc New York, are dedicated to empowering individuals with autism and developmental differences to live their fullest lives.

Admission to the event is free and while no registration required organizers would appreciate those anticipating attending registering to save their spot by going to: 

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