By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
HANNIBAL Mo. – A new resource for those impacted by autism is available in Hannibal.
Lindsay Spalding, independent living advocate at NorthEast Independent Living Services, has started the group so those with loved ones with the autism won't have to travel far to connect with others in similar situations. The group is for parents as well as others who want to learn more about autism.
The meetings will provide participants with access to resources throughout the community and information on services available. The Autism Advocate Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 on the second floor of the NorthEast Independent Living Services, 909 Broadway, Suite 350. Attendants may park at the back of the building.
"Northeast Missouri is filled with several small rural communities of which there is not a lot of knowledge about autism. Sometimes, groups have to travel great distances to meet with others and it becomes hard to be an active participant. The creation of this group was meant to bring members of surrounding communities together to share their experience with autism and how it has changed their lives," Spalding said.
The group plans to meet on a monthly basis, but this may change as the group grows. For more information, call Spalding at (573) 221-8282 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.