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Commissioner Marlon Bolton Champions Autism Initiative In Tamarac

The City of Tamarac has taken a significant step towards creating a more inclusive community by becoming an autism-friendly city. Commissioner Marlon Bolton has been a driving force behind this initiative, which aims to provide support and accommodations for individuals with autism.

On Monday, Silvia Gil, president and founder of Neuro Consulting Solutions, presented before the city commission, announcing a partnership with HAAPE (Helping Autistic Adults Pursue Employment). HAAPE’s programs are designed to provide individuals with autism the opportunity to excel in employment, creating self-satisfaction and independence.

Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Autism-friendly cities like Tamarac recognize the unique challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum and work towards implementing policies and programs to address their needs.

Autism-friendly cities aim to create an inclusive environment that supports and accommodates individuals with autism. This includes providing training for law enforcement and first responders, creating sensory-friendly public spaces, and offering autism-specific services and programs.

The City of Tamarac is estimated to have approximately 2,000 individuals living with autism. By becoming an autism-friendly city, Tamarac is committed to ensuring that these individuals have access to the resources and support they need to thrive.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of this initiative, our goal is to create a community that is inclusive and supportive of all individuals, regardless of their abilities,” said Commissioner Marlon Bolton. “The true hero for this is Kerry Phillips, a resident of the Banyan Lakes Community, who first sent the idea to me, after that, I advanced it to staff who brought the initiative forward”

HAAPE’s programs will provide employment opportunities and training for individuals with autism, helping them to develop skills and gain independence.

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