BY MAURA AMMENHEUSER
The Autism Society Inland Empire and Murrieta Valley Unified School District's Special Education Parent Advisory Committee are hosting an "Autism 101" workshop on Jan. 21 to help parents and others better understand autism and learn about resources that are available for autistic individuals.
The workshop is Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Murrieta Valley Unified School District Support Center Board Room, at 41870 McAlby Court, Murrieta, CA 92562.
There's no admission charge or deadline to register, but people must RSVP online in advance at www.ieautism.org or call the Autism Society at 951- 220-6922 to reserve a spot.
Attendees are responsible for lunch on their own. There is no child care available for this event.
Topics to be addressed include:
Characteristics of autism
Where can I find resources in the community?
How do I find treatment?
How can I understand my child's needs?
How do you know which treatment is right for my child?
What are some things I can be doing at home?
What agencies can help me?
Ideas to improve your family life
What rights do we have?
Ask questions of young adults with autism!
"The workshop is for anyone interested in autism, including professionals," said Laurie Rathbun, one of the organizers. But, "it'll be of greatest interest to parents of newly diagnosed children, because the information and resource help will benefit them the most."
The autism society and SEPAC have recently teamed up to provide events about autism this coming year. One of them is expected to be a free showing of the autism movie, "Jabberers and Wretches," and a workshop on life after high school.
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