Fun for Kids, Answers for Parents: Funding and legislation for developmental treatment for autism
On Sunday April 10th, 2011 (last year) the Coalition hosted its first annual Family Fun day at Griffith Park in Los Angeles with more than 400 persons in attendance. The event was a huge success that will be offered on an annual basis in April during Autism Awareness month — the “awareness” focusing on Parent Choice and on broadening the public’s understanding of Evidence Based Practices in Autism Intervention. Joining in the festivities were parents, children, their family members and friends, professionals from the community, and influential speakers including Ron Ostrow, actor and parent; Erik Linthorst, filmaker and parent; Jim Lantry, national advocate; and Pam Eisenberg from Austism Speaks. All presenters were clear in supporting the profound effects a DIR/Floortime approach has had for their own children. Most inspiring was the outpouring of support and concerted and collaborative efforts that culminated in visible evidence of the forward strides and ongoing momentum of the COC. Next year’s goal will be to offer similar events statewide and to help parents recognize their options and rights.
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