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The Benway School once again made a difference by offering to host an event for the surrounding communities. On April 12 United By Autism sponsored speaker, Gary Weitzen, from POAC Autism Services shared his presentation entitled: Hidden Dangers- Keeping Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities Safe in the Community, School, and Home. The event was open to parents, service providers, and educators to receive valuable training on strategies that could be applied immediately to increase safety and decrease risk at home, in the classroom, and in the community. Participants could not get enough of the presenter as he addressed wandering, internet safety, bullying, school and transport issues, safety curriculum, tracking resources, fire and disaster preparedness, and physical modifications to the home and classroom to protect our families and students. This information was literally lifesaving.

United By Autism is a 501c3 organization that uses the donations they receive to share resources like this with the public to increase autism awareness. For more information on this subject visit and for more information on United By Autism visit

To help make this workshop possible, students from Benway’s Adult Transitions program worked diligently to set up for the event. A member of United By Autism wrote this letter to those Benway students, in recognition of their efforts:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the transitions students at the Benway School for volunteering their time to our organization, United By Autism. They rolled up their sleeves setting up and breaking down tables and chairs so that we could share an important workshop with so many families and educators on April 12 at their school. We could not have had the room look so beautiful without their help. It was a pleasure meeting Ms. Simpson at the event and I heard so many wonderful things about Ms. Alves and Ms. Persson and the work they are doing to prepare their graduates for the “real word”. Thank you to Benway and this team for helping to spread autism awareness and doing such a great job in the process. We look forward to working with you again in the future!

Greta LePera
United By Autism"


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