Strive for Autism holds successful seminar

INSIGHTS: Speaker Jeanette Purkis, Strive president Maxine Baird, and speaker Rachael Lee Harris at the autism seminar in Cessnock on September 13.
INSIGHTS: Speaker Jeanette Purkis, Strive president Maxine Baird, and speaker Rachael Lee Harris at the autism seminar in Cessnock on September 13.

More than 450 people attended the seminar aptly named ‘Autism – Developing The Individual’ at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday night.

Cessnock-based support group Strive For Autism hosted the night and organised three amazing speakers to educate the crowd on a unique insight into autism.

Dr Lee Sturgeon, Rachel Lee Harris and Jeanette Purkis shared their wealth of experience and knowledge, while entertaining with insights into their world.

Strive president Maxine Baird said the night was a great success.

“I was so pleased with the night and thankful for all of the help I received from the Strive committee to organise such a successful night,” she said.

“It was lovely to have Cessnock Community of Great Public Schools choir and the dancers to open the evening.”

Mrs Baird said feedback forms from the night indicated that participants gained great knowledge and awareness.

Strive For Autism’s next meeting will be held at the Koe-Nara Building at Cessnock Public School on Tuesday, November 8 at 6.30pm.

The guest speaker will be Leeanne Hawke, who is a wife, mother and high school teacher and has a son with autism.