Martino to speak to autism parent support group Sept. 6

Published 4:05 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2011

On Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m., the Polk County/Foothills Area Parent Support Group will host a program regarding disability rights for those on the autism spectrum, featuring speaker Gabrielle Martino.
In four years, Disability Rights North Carolina has grown from six staff members and a budget of $300,000 to 42 staff members and an annual budget of nearly $3.5 million. As the federally mandated protection and advocacy system for North Carolina, the advocates and attorneys at Disability Rights N.C. conduct a wide range of legal and advocacy services for people with disabilities.
In this session, outreach specialist Gabrielle Martino will review the history of the organization, explain the role of protection and advocacy in our nation, describe the organization’s role in systems change in North Carolina and outline the services that Disability Rights N.C. provides to the 1.9 million children and adults with disabilities living in North Carolina today.
The program will take place at the Polk County Public Library’s Community Room in Columbus at 6 p.m.
The Polk County/Foothills Area Parent Support Group is sponsored by the Autism Society of North Carolina.The group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Polk County Public Library. Future topics include nutrition and social group options for children ages 18 and up.
All programs are open to the public. For information regarding the parent support group, please contact Tracey Daniels at
– article submitted by Tracey Daniels

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