The Carson Kolzig Foundation will be having their second annual Responding to Autism Event this Friday, April 15 at the Three Rivers Convention Center from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The purpose of this free Responding to Autism Event is to bring families together, share resources, and promote awareness.There will be over one-hundred local resources present with booths for families to take resources about various areas such as diagnostic services, interventions, specialized therapies, educational products/materials, resources for everyday needs, childcare, behavior management, and more. Vendors will provide families with the opportunity to take resources and network about services and products available locally, regionally and nationally. All of the vendor booths at the event will be spaced to accommodate children with special needs. There will also be quiet areas and activities for children.

The Responding to Autism Event is not just for those who know someone with autism; it is intended to inform the public about autism. Autism affects one in every hundred children, so if you don’t know someone with autism now, chances are you will in your lifetime.

During the Responding to Autism Event there will be several breakout sessions led by Robin Talley, M.ED., MCBAm Behavior and Education Consultant at the University of Washington Autism Center. The first will be held from 11:30-1:00 and will address Classroom Strategies for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The second will be held from 1:30-3:00 on the topic of Addressing and Managing Challenging Behaviors for Individuals  with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The Carson Kolzig Foundation is a Tri Cities groups started by Olie and Christin Kolzig in honor of their 9 year old son Carson, who was diagnosed with autism in 2002. The foundation was started in 2004 with the mission of empowering and equipping families and professionals with physical and emotional resources necessary to address the ongoing needs of children and families who provide services to children with autism. The 9th annual Olie and Stu’s Desert Bash is another event that the foundation will be hosting. This year the Desert Bash will take place July 23-25 at Meadow Springs Country Club

For more information about the event contact Christine Lindgren at 509.591.1205. For information about the foundation contact Kellee Balcom at 509.528.4144.

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