continued “Julie came up with the idea (of the carnival), but one person can’t do it all…I was very interested and there wasn’t anything else like it. For over 20 years parents didn’t know where to go to get help for their children with social skills … or what recreational or therapeutic programs were available,” said Fornabia.
“Individuals with autism are not all the same, everyone is an individual. They’re people with autism, they’re not autistic people,” she said of what she hopes people will learn at the event.
Family oriented activities such as a bounce house and a painting table will be available for the kids, as well as babysitting so that parents can have a chance to wander the fair and get the information they’re seeking. Skidmore College student volunteers will be on hand for the childcare.
Stan Hudy of Best Buy will also be present to talk about and present technological applications for communication on iPads.
Sponsors for the event include Skidmore College, Saratoga Bridges, Parent to Parent, Wells Fargo Advisors and State Farm Insurance, among others.
For more information about the event, visit saratogabridges.org or skidmorenews.com. You can also contact Julie Marks by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 932-4356.