Hughes highlights autism awareness event in the House of Commons

Ottawa – As we prepare for World Autism Day on April 2nd, it is critical to include acceptance and community awareness as items to receive consideration, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes spoke about the second annual Espanola Autism Acceptance/Espanola Rivermen Event that took place on March 1st during the time set aside for Member’s Statements in the House of Commons Monday.

“Autism takes many forms and is spread across our population with no exceptions,” said Hughes. “Often, what families and individuals facing the challenges of a diagnosis need most is acceptance and community awareness.”

Hughes lauded Espanola resident, organizer and activist Dennis Lendrum for his work on the event which attracted more than 150 people for a fun filled day.

“The event was coordinated by Dennis Lendrum, who became active on this issue after his grandson was diagnosed on the spectrum,” said Hughes.   “Dennis is already organizing for next year’s event, and I am sure all members will join me in sending our heartfelt congratulations to the volunteers, organizers, and participants of this exemplary event.”