More than 300 people and nearly 30 local organizations providing services to people with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, met at the Grove at SUNY Downstate Sept. 25 for food, fun, information and community.
The FDNY and its mascots distributed fire safety information and giveaways for kids, and provided a firetruck for the children to explore, said Ben Schindel, MD/MPH. Children also got to interact with therapy dogs. A performer specializing in children with special needs entertained everyone for several hours.
Councilman Mathieu Eugene also spoke, along with Dr. Harris Huberman from the SUNY Downstate Child Development Clinic, and two mothers from the community. An ice cream truck closed off the event. There were arts and crafts, a sensory playground by the Downstate OT program, and lots of games and toys.