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Malta forum focuses on raising awareness of autism

"It gave me an opportunity to hear many of the parents' and families' concerns," she said.

Muratori said she has seen an increase in the prevalence of autism in her organization. She explained that many families have more than one child dealing with autism.

Saratoga Bridges was recently awarded a grant to provide clinical services to families working with autistic children.

"We'd love to see these kind of grants expanded," Muratori said.

She also said Saratoga Bridges also has a respite program to give parents of autistic children a break. Through the program, parents are given the freedom to work independently of their child with the help of respite staff, who will come to the family's home and stay with the autistic individual.

With the help of McDonald, Saratoga County created an autism council to promote the development and resources for individuals with autistic behavior.

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