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Clarence community unites for autism support

A barbeque, raffle, ice creams, face painting, live music and even a pirate featured at Day for Samson, a family fun day that helped raise funds for autism support and awareness at Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre.

Event organiser Emily Clark-Brown named the event after her son who is on the autism spectrum.

Funds raised from the event were donated to Autism Tasmania, an independent organisation that provides information, resources and support for people with autism.

The event was opened by Independent Member for Franklin David O’Byrne, Clarence Councillor Daniel Hulme and Autism Tasmania chair Skie Mitchell.

“Many people think that if they have met one child with autism they have met them all but every person with autism is different,” Ms Clark-Brown said.

“While Day for Samson is about having fun and raising funds I hope it can also be a catalyst for conversations that promote a better understanding of autism, the unique gifts of people with autism and how we can help them be more included in the community.”

Councillor Hulme said Autism Tasmania made a significant positive difference to the lives of people with autism.

“When my son was diagnosed with autism I went to one of Autism Tasmania’s information sessions for parents,” he said.

“They covered a range of useful information about accessing the NDIS, finding therapists and negotiating a learning plan with your child’s school.

“Autism Tasmania also helped promote social get togethers I organised for parents of children with autism and through this I was able to hear the stories of other parents and learn from their experiences.

“They made a positive difference in my son’s life as I am sure they have made a positive difference in the lives of so many other children and adults on the autism spectrum.”

For more information visit www.autismtas.org.au

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Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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