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Texarkana: Parks and Recreation to host Autism Inclusion Expo; 'tons of information'

Jan 24, 2024, Mena Star, Polk Co (AR) Autism Inclusion Expo set for Friday in Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Ark. - According to the CDC, one in 36 children in the U.S. have autism.

The Texarkana, Ark. Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an event this weekend to help area families learn more about the diagnosis -- and what resources are available to their children.

So far, organizers say they have about 50 people sign-up for the Autism Inclusion Expo. The event is free and open to the public.

The goal is to provide education, training and support to families who have children with autism, as well as, families who are unsure if their child is on the spectrum.

Organizers say the autism expo will create more awareness and understanding, while also giving families the tools to know how to include and interact with families impacted by autism.

"There will be tons of information you can get and find resources, from families, from non-profit organizations and we also have Texarkana Therapy who will be here," said Tendra Washington, Texarkana Parks and Recreation assistant.

Some of the sponsors include the Arkansas Autism Resource and Outreach Center, and University of Arkansas Medical Sciences - East.

The Autism Inclusion Expo is Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Texarkana Recreation Center. Lunch will be provided.

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Why is "Lunch will be provided" in bold text? Probably a good reason behind it. Nationwide U.S. food banks and church pantries are running dry. So many 'neurodivergents' of all ages have significant increased intestinal permeability/intestinal issues, and special diets for children/restrictive diets have erupted in popularity since 1986's act was passed. I wonder what they're serving for lunch.

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