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Autism Conference in Great Falls

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People from all different social works groups came down to the Civic Center to learn more about autism in our community.

"We're here for the autism conference. Autism effects 1 out of 88 children. and it's grown huge within the last probably 5 or 6 years, it's always been there. It's just something that no one ever quite knew," explains Teressa Corey.

Former miss Montana Alexis Wineman says coming to these conferences helps folks who are dealing with autism in their life just as she has all her life.

"Well I think it is especially good for people who have been diagnosed late because they come back to these conventions and it kind of gives them hope," says Wineman.

The guest speaker Temple Grandin who also was diagnosed with autism talked today about her concerns for the younger generation.

"and the big problem I'm seeing today especially on the mild end of the autism spectrum is not getting jobs," says Grandin.

Grandin's advice to parents is to get involved with their kids and better understand their needs.

"I want to see these kids be successful, now if you got a 3 year old that is not talking, well I didn't;t talk until age 4 the worse thing you can do is nothing," adds Grandin.

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