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Hilliard police to host Autism Awareness Day

Posted March 12, 2019 in Community Events by Mary Smith

A sensory-friendly fun day is being hosted once again by the Hilliard Division of Police.

The agency’s Fourth Annual Autism Awareness Open House will be held Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway.

This event, which takes place days after World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, provides participants the opportunity to socialize with First Responders in a calm and reassuring environment.

Activities include the chance to see police cars, Norwich Township fire trucks, and police and fire gear up close. Other local agencies will also be on hand to offer services for residents with autism.

Families, children and adults on the autism spectrum, as well as their caretakers are welcome to attend. The event is also open to residents both within and outside the City of Hilliard.

The event allows for positive relationship building between First Responders and those on the autism spectrum, said Chief Robert Fisher.

“This is an opportunity for us to break down barriers with an important sector of the population we serve,” said Fisher.

This event is free.