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Fundraiser in Austintown benefits the Rich Center for Autism

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Some local folks used their talents to help kids with autism.

Artists and vendors set up tables at Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Austintown on Saturday for a fundraiser for autism.

A woman whose son receives services at the Rich Center for Autism says the money from this and other fundraisers helps keep programs going year around.

“It has helped him (her son) tremendously. He’s actually learning now. He went to a school where he colored all day because he was in a classroom that didn't know how to deal with him. He's learning, he's reading, he's writing, he wants to be an illustrator. So it's really brought him in touch with his strengths,” said Llita Collier.

Collier says keeping school going year around is needed for kids with autism who need a routine.

She adds that the autism scholarship only pays for school programs until April.

The annual event brings together hundreds of people from across the Valley and raises tens of thousands of dollars.


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