Dixville Foundation kicks off Autism Awareness Month

By Gordon Lambie
Dixville Foundation kicks off Autism Awareness Month
(Photo : Gordon Lambie)

To mark Autism Awareness Month in April, the Dixville Foundation launched fundraising projects with three community partners on Thursday morning. Over the course of the next month, the Louis Luncheonette restaurants, Les Vraies Richesses bakeries, and the Sherbrooke Phoenix Hockey Team will all have projects aimed at helping the foundation to continue its work of supporting people with autism spectrum disorders or intellectual impairments across the Eastern Townships.

“The Dixville Foundation has been around for close to fifty years,” said Don Warnholtz, Executive Director of the Foundation, “and we have helped a lot of people over the years.”

Warnholtz explained that the group works to try to raise funds and awareness in order to serve and support local families as much as possible.

“We’re not the experts. We’re there to support (the experts’) work,” he said. “Right now, our work is very practical. It’s housing, it’s respite care, it’s specialized equipment.”

The foundation works with an estimated 1,400 people with Autism Spectrum Disorders or intellectual impairments annually.
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