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Empower plans summer theater program for autistic children

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Empower, the not-for-profit organization formerly known as Niagara Cerebral Palsy, is planning a summer theater program for 7- to 15-year-old children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, as well as siblings or friends in the same age range.

Spectrum Theatre Program is an eight-week program featuring individual and group acting exercises that build confidence and develop social and problem-solving skills. A free, open final performance showcasing students’ work will take place on Aug. 4.

Executive Director Jeff Paterson said, “Research shows that families and children with ASD who are supported through programs like these are much better equipped to live happy, fulfilling lives. Throughout our 60-year history, we have always answered unmet needs, and the expansion into autism-focused services was a natural extension of our agency.”

More information on these events are available at empower-wny.org/news-events, or by calling 297-0798, Ext. 173.

With 300 employees and a $14 million budget, Empower is one of Western New York’s 50 largest nonprofit organizations. The administrative offices, preschool, community clinic and service coordination program are located at 9812 Lockport Road in the Town of Niagara.