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April 10, 2014

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Local autism organizations are providing events and resources as Autism Awareness Month continues.

Autism 7 Squared in Logansport, now a year old, meets with parents, teachers, caregivers and anyone wanting to find out more about the disorder.

Brandi Serrano is committee chair for the organization and has two autistic sons aged 7 and 8.

“Our main goal is to educate the educators,” Serrano said.

She added her background with autism stems from her experiences with her sons and seminars she’s attended over the years.

“I’ve pretty much made this my life,” she said, adding that her goal and the goal of Autism 7 Squared is to share this knowledge and support with others. “We want to be here for everybody in their time of need because that diagnosis is a hard diagnosis to swallow at first,” Serrano said.

Appointments can be made to meet with Serrano or another Autism 7 Squared member at the organization’s website, autism7squared.com or by calling Serrano at 574-721-8606. The office is located at 530 W. Market St.

The organization is also trying to raise money to open a multi-sports complex with a sensory room for special needs children. Serrano explained such a room can help special needs children familiarize themselves with things that create anxiety for them, whether it’s lights or a specific object or substance.

Autism 7 Squared is hosting a Family Fun Day Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in Riverside Park in Logansport. Activities will include a dunk tank, bounce house, door prizes, silent auction and live music. There will also be a haircut-a-thon for a minimum donation of $5.

There will be a motorcycle ride from 1 to 2 p.m. Those interested can preregister at the organization’s website or arrive early to the ride’s starting point at Riverside Park’s McHale Complex to register there. The cost is $25 for the first rider and $15 for an additional rider.

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