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Autism-Affected Families Empowered Through Hope Network Education Center
Autism-Affected Families Empowered Through Hope Network Education Center

Information about Autism can be found everywhere, but sometimes it’s overwhelming and that’s one of the reasons why Hope Network’s Center for Autism has started monthly networking and educational events called Family Rounds.

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Director of Children's Services Dr. Mohan Krishnan says it’s helpful for families to share what they’ve learned with each other and develop relationships.

“There’s a lot of info but families often feel isolated,” he says. The idea for these monthly Family Rounds came from two of the fathers involved with the Hope Network Education Center on 36th Street. They approached Krishnan and a partnership soon developed. Hope Network had already been doing a monthly lecture series called Grand Rounds that was geared toward the professionals who work with people with Autism, but there wasn’t anything for the families. “We want this to be a networking and knowledge hub to empower families,” Krishnan says. The first Family Rounds event happened in January and about 25 people attended. Krishnan expects more attendees at the next event on Feb. 27 when someone from Network 180 will talk about accessing public mental health services. Future events will cover Indian Trails camp, legal issues, continuing education, housing options, social development, and more. A calendar with the monthly topics can be found online. A one-hour lecture will be followed by time for networking and refreshments and all lectures will be posted on YouTube afterward for parents who cannot make it. All events are free and open to the public.