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Local organization helps connect the disabled with support services


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- During this Autism Awareness Month, parents are being reminded that they have rights when it comes to schools and their possibly disabled child. Ellen Stone, Director of Arc Community Advocates, says that if you think your child might be autistic, or otherwise impaired, there are a few things to keep in mind.

For one thing, you child's school is legally obligated to help evaluate the situation so that a determination can be made. Additionally, the school must make accomodations available if a child has some kind of disability, and cannot punish him or her because of it.


Community Advocates helps the disabled get connected with support services, and can help parents deal with a school in such situations. It's big fundraiser for the year -- the Ribfest -- will aim to make a million dollars this August. For more information, go to www.CommunityAdvocates.org.