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District to host fair for children and families affected by autism

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 16, 2017) -- The City School District of Albany will host a fair on March 28 for Capital Region children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder.


This free event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Montessori Magnet School, 45 Tremont St. Parking is available behind the school on Austain Avenue and at Westland Hills Park, also on Austain Avenue.


The fair will feature sensory stations for the kids, performers, music and art therapy, therapy dogs, dozens of community and state agencies that can help, products for sale, raffles for great gifts and refreshments.


Free busing is available from some areas but you need to reserve a spot by contacting Sue Hodom at 475-6683 or


Autism spectrum disorder is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communications and behavior challenges. People with autism spectrum disorder may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with autism spectrum disorder range from gifted to severely challenged.


Programs and partners at the Autism Spectrum Fair event will include:

  • Advance Therapy pediatric therapy

  • Albany PAL (Police Athletic League)

  • Albany Public Library

  • Alternative Living Group Inc.

  • Arbonne

  • Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region

  • Bizzy Bee Activity Center from Spotted Zebra

  • Campbell House Psychological Associate

  • Josh Casano

  • Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany

  • Center for Disability Services

  • The College of Saint Rose Friday Knights Recreation Program

  • Developing Minds by Upstate Physicians Services

  • Hannaford nutritionist Fran Weiss

  • Magic Man

  • Maria College Occupational Therapy Department

  • Music Therapy by Erin Lancraft

  • Office of People With Developmental Disabilities – Capital Region services office

  • Operation Safe Child with the Albany Police Department

  • Parent to Parent of NYS

  • Positively Playful Occupational Therapy

  • Project Lifesaver with the Albany County Sheriff's Department

  • Reaching Milestones

  • Happy Scherer, therapy dog

  • Serrago's Swimmers

  • Snip Its

  • Special Olympics

  • STRIDE Adaptive Sports

  • Trayvon Johnson, clown

  • Whispering Willow Yoga

  • WMHT


For more information about the event, contact Sue Hodom at 475-6683 or e-mail her at


The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

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