World Autism Day at Rotary Park April 2

Education and conversation goals of local event

Gordon Woods
Posted 3/23/22

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World Autism Day at Rotary Park April 2

Education and conversation goals of local event

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CLINTON — Clinton Rotary Club is helping host a World Austim Day commemoration at Rotary Park from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 2.

Guest speaker will be Jeanne Kramer, director of the autism program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The event is intended to “promote World Autism Day and highlight the perspectives and achievements of people with autism in the local community,” said local event organizer Kaelan Smith.

“This is an opportunity to educate people,” Smith said.

Smith hopes to encourage people to get past labeling others because they are different or they don’t understand them.

When Smith was a student at Clinton High School and president of NHS, he visited Hope School, in Springfield, for people with disabilities.  The trip was the beginning of his interest in helping people be better informed about those with autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorders includes people with severe autism to people who are high-functioning, such as those with Asperger’s syndrome.

“One of the big things is  it (World Autism Day) is meant to spark a conversation,” Smith said.

The public is encouraged to attend the April 2 event.