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Autism Awareness Month being recognized in Newfoundland and Labrador

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With the arrival of October and Autism Awareness Month, the provincial government is highlighting actions it has taken to assist people with the disorder.

Among them, the province has invested $630,000 in JASPER, Joint Attention Symbolic Play Engagement Regulation training, according to a news release.

As well, educators are also supported through initiatives such as the online Autism in Education professional development training program.  

“There are innumerable challenges for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and for their families and friends,” said Health Minister John Haggie.

“While the health care system can work to address the medical needs of the illness, we as a community must work together to address the social needs. That is why Autism Awareness Month is so important – by raising awareness about the spectrum, we can help increase understanding and decrease the isolation of those people and families living with this illness.”

The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is organizing events throughout October. More information is available at www.autism.nf.net/events/.

“Autism Awareness Month is a time to celebrate our differences, promote acceptance and reflect on how we can provide the best support for those who seek it. We look forward to continuing to improve the lives of individuals of all ages living on the spectrum,” said Autism Society Newfoundland Labrador executive director Scott Crocker.

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