In support of Autism Awareness Month, the City of El Monte will continue to provide regional support by hosting its 3rd annual Autism Resource Conference on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The FREE community event will feature a keynote presentation from a leading advocate, activities for children, giveaways and a resource fair offering access to health and wellness professionals.
To kick off the event, Hector Ochoa, an advocate for people with disabilities will present the keynote address. As a member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities, Mr. Ochoa ensures that the voice of the disability community is continuously heard.
Following the keynote address, families will be able to enjoy activities from balloon and face paint artists. Additionally, families may receive a copy of Sesame Street’s “We’re Amazing 1,2,3,” a children’s book focusing on a character who has autism, while supplies last.
Finally, families will have access to a resource fair featuring local vendors with resources to assist families. Featured vendors include Southern California Resource Services – Independent Living, an organization dedicated to empowering people with disabilities; Familias First, an organization dedicated to providing quality applied behavior analysis services; University of Southern California Office of Dentistry; and Lakeshore, an educational supply store.
According to the National Autism Association, autism affects one in 68 children. The City of El Monte is committed to connecting communities with local resources.