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Santa Monica Public Library presents Autism and Special Needs: Creating Paths to Independence

November 4, 2015

Santa Monica Public Library presents Autism and Special Needs: Creating Paths to Independence

Santa Monica, California – Author and mother Amalia Starr presents the lecture Autism and Special Needs: Creating Paths to Indepence, Acceptance and Inclusion on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. 

Amalia Starr is a nationally-recognized speaker on the topic of parenting children with autism and special needs.  Join us as she shares insights for parents, families and those with autistic and special needs individuals in their worlds on helping them finds paths towards fulfilling lives as adults.  Amalia will also share the story of her late son Brandon Cramer, an autistic adult and longtime fixture on the Third Street Promenade, who charmed the many friends he made in Santa Monica with his easy smile and ready willingness to help and get involved.  Amalia is the author of the books I Have Autism…What’ll I Do Without You, Mom? and Raising Brandon: Creating a Path to Independence for Your Adult “Kid” with Autism and Special Needs.  A book sale and signing follows her lecture.

This program is part of the library’s 125th Anniversary, which takes place in December 2015.  To mark the occasion, the library has put together a slate of special events between November 2015 and January 2016 that honor the library’s position as a connecting point for the Santa Monica community – bridging the past to the future, bringing neighbors and visitors together, and plugging library patrons in to the resources they need to read, connect, relax and learn.

This program free and open to all ages.  Seating is first come, first served. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Ride your bike. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.

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