Governor Mark Dayton to Speak At the Autism Rally at the Capitol April 2
ST. PAUL, MINN. – Minnesotans will commemorate World Autism Day Monday, April 2 at an Autism Awareness Rally and Resource Fair held at the State Capitol in St. Paul. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is sponsored by the Autism Advocacy Coalition of Minnesota. The speeches will commence at noon in the Capitol rotunda.
This year’s theme is “Stand Up, Speak Out.” Parents, advocates, legislators and service providers will share information on the increasing challenges presented by autism, a neurodevelopmental disability that in the U.S. affects 1 child in 88. Children and adults with autism may face difficulties with learning, socializing and physical activities, and may have comorbid medical conditions such as seizures, digestive problems and allergies.
Gov. Mark Dayton will speak 12 noon at the Rally. Other speakers to follow include Sen. David Senjem(invited), Rep. Kim Norton, Rep. Jim Abeler, Drew Larson, and Tim and Laura Kasemodel, and Natalie Davis, Miss Minnesota 2011.
At the Autism Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., parents and advocates can talk with autism organizations about therapy, education, housing, insurance, employment, anti-bullying strategies, legal issues, and a variety of services.
The ACCMN Autism Rally and Resource Fair are free; everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Autism Advocacy Coalition of Minnesota at www.autismminnesota.org.
The Autism Advocacy Coalition of Minnesota is a grassroots collaboration of concerned parents and organizations dedicated to expanding autism awareness, promoting activities and events statewide, and advocating for positive legislative change in the state of Minnesota.