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Group representing special needs children plans events

Changes name to ‘Special Deeds for Special Needs’

The Middle Peninsula Autism Parent Advocacy Group has changed its name to Special Deeds for Special Needs. The next meeting of the group will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the Pilot House Restaurant in Topping (if needed, children are welcome to accompany their parents).

“We are so excited about expanding our group to all special needs children,” said group spokesperson Kimberly Dubeau. “Because of the significant interest in special needs children in our community, we thought it would be a great opportunity to bring all these children and parents together. No matter what your child’s disability is, this group is for you.”

Dubeau said the group is “guided by ‘can’ not ‘can’t’ and no one is left out. We encourage participation from all parents and children. This is a great opportunity for special needs children to build on social skills and self-esteem.”

She said the group focuses first on the abilities of children, and also on family resources and lots of fun activities.

The program is geared toward children ages 5-22.

The September meeting will be at 6 p.m. on September 19 at the Pilot House Restaurant.

On September 28, the group will hold a Festival of Fall with lots of games, food, clowns, face painting, music, moon walk and “dunk Sheriff David P. Bushey.”

Watch for other events and special programs the group is planning over the next few months.

Contact Dubeau at 758-2624 for more information.

posted 07.31.2013

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