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Self-advocate raises autism awareness in Tucson

Cheerleaders celebrate walkers at the Autism Society of Southern Arizona’s 2018 Autism Walk (Darin Wallentine)

The Autism Society of Southern Arizona will hold its 13th Annual Autism Walk & Resource Fair on Saturday, April 6, in Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium at Kino Park Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Walk and Resource Fair runs from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Tucsonan Hattie Groskind is the organization’s first self-advocate. She is a member of its board of directors and chair of its self-advocate council.  She began her involvement with the Autism Society in 2016 as a member of the program committee, co-facilitated a monthly adult social club from December 2016-May 2018, and has been a board member since September 2017.

“I’m currently working to form a panel of adults on the spectrum because we already have a family and professional advisory committee, and I want to increase the first-person voices the board hears,” says Groskind, who notes that Josh Anbar, another young Jewish community member, also is on the board. Groskind attended the Autism Society of America’s national conference this summer in Washington, D.C., where she spoke to local senators and representatives about laws that affect the lives of people with autism.

Groskind will be helping with registration at the walk. For more information, visit www.as-az.org.