Learn more about autism, how to help on November 15

Nov 06, 2017

Mattapoisett — The experience of autism varies for each person, just like experience varies for neurotypical individuals. However, there are some characteristics that we can all learn about that will make the day-to-day world of those with autism an easier place to navigate.

Nobody knows better than Charles McIntire, who is an autism-awareness advocate, as well as being autistic himself. McIntire will be at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. to explain more about the strengths, quirks, and challenges for people on the autism spectrum.

“I’d like to change some misconceptions about autism and address the stigma that autistic people can feel. We would like to take charge of the conversation around autism,” McIntire said.

McIntire is a founding member of Intelligent Autistic Media, a group of autistic self-advocates and their allies. He will be sharing information and experiences to help the audience better understand autism and to learn to be better allies and advocates to those in our community.

His paintings and drawings will be on display the evening of the talk and for several weeks afterward. Register to attend the program by calling the library at 508-758- 4171 or, emailing Susan Pizzolato at spizzolo@sailsinc.org.

The Mattapoisett Library is located at 7 Barstow Street, and is handicapped accessible. Refreshments will be served.

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