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Ohio hosts national Autism convention
The program helps provide network of support for families of children with Autism.
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Hundreds of people are attending Ohio’s autism convention. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, this is a time for friends and family statewide and beyond to gather in one place.

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Families from around the world are coming to Columbus this week for a convention hosted by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence.

Executive Director Shawn Henry says more than 1,500 people are expected to attend the event.

Susan Rothschild and her 21-year-old daughter Chloe, who has autism, have been coming to the convention for three years now. They say the annual event bring a sense of community and friendship among families dealing with the same issues.

“An event like this is fun because I really just like being with my friends and kind of my people and see all the people I talk with on Facebook, and we all talk about coming and connecting,” Chloe said.

“It’s just nice to see things from other perspectives ... Someone will say something that makes sense and then I’ll be like ‘Oh my gosh, you’re right, that’s why she does that,’” Susan said.  “It’s just moms talking and you learn all sorts of stuff.”

This year Chloe is an official speaker at OCALICON. She now travels around the country to talk about the issues that people with autism face.

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