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The Glenholme School is Invited Participant in Global Autism Awareness and Special Needs Events

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Washington, CT - April is Autism Awareness Month. Internationally, the autism community is holding special events to raise awareness of the full spectrum of autism, celebrate those who struggle with autism and raise money for research, education and treatment.

In early 2005, Bob and Suzanne Wright, of Westport, Connecticut founded Autism Speaks, which has quickly become the world’s leading autism organization; creating awareness, funding research, and helping families receive much-needed services. As Suzanne Wright reports “autism picked the wrong grandmother”. Between them, Bob and Suzanne have philanthropic contacts and resources that built Autism Speaks, in a very short time, into a $70 million foundation.

It was due, in part, to the power of Autism Speaks that the United Nations has designated that annually, April 2 will be observed as World Autism Awareness Day. Maryann Campbell, Glenholme’s Executive Director and Dr. Patrick Queenan, Glenholme’s Assistant Director attended the 2008 United Nations ceremony at the invitation of an Autism Speaks board member and parent of former Glenholme student. Ms. Campbell reflected “Autism needs attention to be recognized as a disorder with the intention of improving diagnosis, research and treatment. Hopefully, World Autism Day will begin to bring the attention to these kids that is so needed.”

On April 20-22, the Shafallah Center in Doha, Qatar is hosting the Third Annual International Forum on Children with Special Needs. The Shafallah Center is a unique facility that treats and teaches children who have learning or physical disabilities with state-of-the-art technologies, cutting edge therapies and first-class faculty and counselors. The forum will gather top educators, policymakers, organization leaders and others for a broad and provocative discussion on the role sport and ability plays in the lives of people with disabilities, from a global perspective.

Participation in the forum is by invitation only. David Tuttle, Marketing Director at the Glenholme School has been invited to represent the school’s programs at this exclusive round-table. Mr. Tuttle will share the success of Glenholme’s sports programs, specifically its equestrian program, with the global participants.

The Devereux Glenholme School is a specialized boarding school on over 100 acres in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut that provides a therapeutic program and exceptional learning environment to address varying levels of academic, social and emotional development in boys and girls ages 10-18. Glenholme’s goal is to prepare its graduates for continued education in traditional schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities.


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