Everyone in the area impacted by autism is welcome to come to a new support group.
The Autism Advocate Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at NorthEast Independent Living Services (NEILS), 909 Broadway, Suite 350, in Hannibal. The meeting will be on the second floor, and parking is available at the back of the building.
Lindsay Spalding, independent living advocate at NEILS, is heading the group for now. The meetings will provide the participants with information, resources throughout the community, information on services available, and the chance to meet others. Parents of children on the autism spectrum are welcome to come to support and learn from each other, as well as others interested in learning about autism.
For now, the plan is for the support group to meet monthly. The direction of the group depends on what the members would like to do, Spalding said, adding there are opportunities to participate in runs and walks, fund-raisers, educating the public and helping to expand resources in the community.
For information, call Spalding at (573) 221-8282 or send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .