Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre in Red Deer received a grant of almost $17,000 from Autism Speaks Canada to develop a community action plan on autism.
The Autism Collaboration Committee will work with a community facilitator starting in February or March to identify key issues facing Central Alberta, develop an action plan and implement strategies.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how an individual communicates and relates to others and impacts families, community service providers, schools and employers.
Parents or professionals whose lives are impacted by autism are invited to join the committee. To get involved, contact Lori Jack, director of advancement at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, at 403-340-2606.