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‘Automatic for Autism’ benefit to raise awareness, money for UGA program

A resource fair and movie screening in April will raise awareness of autism while celebrating the successful end to a fundraiser for an autism treatment clinic on the UGA campus.

“Automatic for Autism,” a campaign launched last fall by four members of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD Athens class of 2015, will create an endowment fund for the College of Education’s Applied Behavior Analysis Support Clinic, which serves children and adults with autism. To celebrate the campaign’s success, and to bring more awareness about autism to the larger community, the group is hosting a resource fair and film screening April 1 at Ciné in downtown Athens.

The resource fair begins at 4 p.m. in Ciné’s lab and features information from health care providers, schools and autism specialists. The resource fair will be followed by the film Temple Grandin about an autistic woman who is one of the top scientists in the industry of livestock handling. The family-friendly event is open free to the public, but donations are welcome and cans of “Automatic for Autism” coffee roasted by Jittery Joe’s will be available for purchase.