This is a month that means a lot to me. My granddaughter Victoria is on the Autism spectrum. Autism can affect children & people differently depending on where they are on the spectrum.

Autism Spectrum Disorder


When she was very small she was a very quiet child, did not smile a lot, and would get upset easily, to see here today and how much she has changed is wonderful.

Due to the diligence and learning as much as they could on what autism was all about her mom and dad got her the help she needed, plus they were all in on helping and learning all they could too. She is now a happy little girl (Dad is my son Andrew, my My Daughter in Law Robin) they got her into a wonderful program a few years back and she has really blossomed.

Yes, there are schools and classes and resources for children geared toward their autism needs, sometimes a little harder to find depending on where you are at. She really is a smart cookie and is very smart when it comes to using technology tools like computers, phones, etc.


What we have found out is that autism for one child can be completely different.

I am so glad to see that the Great Barrington Police have got the right idea! during National Autism Awareness month the Great Barrington Police Department is expanding its training to include a series of training on the topic.

Over the month of April, Great Barrington Police Officers will receive training that will give officers guidance to help identify people with Autism, techniques to help the officers interact with autistic individuals, and training to give officers an understanding of autism characteristics and behavior. I think this is a great idea and more people who deal with the public, law enforcement, EMT, Firemen, even folks who work in the world of social service.
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