On September 20th, 2013, over 100 children and their families attended FOCUS Center for Autism and the Litchfield Autism Spectrum Association (LACASA)’s Fall Party, held at Connecticut Junior Republic’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center in Litchfield. The Fall Party is one of a series of Autism and family-friendly events that FOCUS holds each year. They offer a chance for children on the Spectrum to gather and have fun in a safe, judgment free zone.
There was music, line dancing, karaoke performances, board games, and lots of smiles and laughter. Because the event is family focused and Autism friendly, parents get a chance to see their children socialize and have fun while they relax and connect with each other. A highlight of the evening was a performance of “Downhill Jogger” by James Cable, whose son Alex is an alumna of FOCUS.
Parents from FOCUS and LACASA provided refreshments. BJ’s Wholesale Club of Torrington, Big Y of Avon, and Marandino’s Grocery Store of New Hartford donated gift certificates that provided healthy snacks for everyone to enjoy.
Litchfield County Autism Spectrum Association (LACASA) is a partnership of families and professionals dedicated to insuring that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders have local access to quality supports, services, and recreational activities. For more information, visit their website.
The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk, special needs and troubled youth become productive members of their communities. CJR accomplishes its mission of service by providing residential and community-based care, treatment and education programs to help boys and girls and their families. For more information, visit their website.
FOCUS Center for Autism is a grassroots, community-based nonprofit whose mission is helping children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders achieve their full potential. Since becoming a nonprofit in 2000, FOCUS has developed into a well respected community-based model of treatment that has now served over 500 children and families.
For more information, visit www.focuscenterforautism.org or check us out on Facebook.