As the father of an autistic son, I’m a sucker for stories that appeal to special-needs families:
1. As we’ve previously mentioned here, Mary Jaminet, a University Park mom whose two sons both have autism spectrum disorders, has organized a fundraising concert called Dallas Rocks Against Autism. The party starts at 8 o’clock tomorrow night.
2. Dream Big for Have Dreams is a club with two objectives: introduce autism awareness to Highland Park High School, and raise funds for the Illinois-based nonprofit Have Dreams. Like Jaminet, the club has organized a rockin’ fundraiser. Stanhope, a band comprised of HPHS seniors, will perform at Highland Park Presbyterian Church’s Bell Center on April 17, as will HPHS junior Tiffany Houghton. The music starts at 7 p.m., and the cover charge is $10.
3. Three days later, Highland Park Presbyterian will host the inaugural Learning Difference Resource Expo. This event produced by the Park Cities Learning Disabilities Association is designed to offer one-stop shopping for tutors, study skills classes, physical or occupational therapy, sensory therapy, speech therapy, dyslexia remediation, social skills classes, behavior therapy, summer camps, and more. The expo is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 in the church’s Elliott Hall, and admission is free.