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Autumn Grandparent's Brunch
with Special guest speaker, Wendy Fournier*


This is a special event for Grandparents only,

whose grandchild(ren) have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

It will be held Saturday November 11th 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.
in the Gardiner Building, at the Seekonk Congregational Church

600 Fall River Avenue, Seekonk MA. 02771

Parking available in the lots on County St and on Fall River Ave.


We hope you will join us for a wonderful catered brunch, the opportunity to meet other Grandparents, and to hear our knowledgeable speaker!!

There will also be a free door prize.

Wendy will speak on the Topic of Safety Issues for children, teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including:

  • Recent data on wandering incidents in the Autism community
  • Which environments & situations contribute to higher risk
  • Why we believe our children wander or elope
  • How to develop effective prevention strategies across all settings
  • And she will answer your questions! 

Did you know???

  • Autism is a diagnosis that represents many symptoms and behavioral tendencies, some of which can lead to serious health and safety risks including death?
  • In 2008, Danish researchers found that the mortality rate among the autism population is twice as high as in the general population.
  • Drowning, prolonged exposure, and other wandering-related factors remain among the top causes of death within the autism population.
  • In a 2007 online poll through the National Autism Association, 92% of parents reported that their children with autism have a tendency to wander.

 This event is FREE to Grandparents! 


About our speakers:

*About our speaker: Wendy Fournier is  a founding board member and President of the National Autism Association (NAA), established in 2003.  As part of its mission to meet the most urgent needs of the autism community, NAA has created an extensive series of resources and direct-assistance programs addressing the issue of autism-related wandering. Mrs. Fournier has given lectures and performed training sessions for caregivers, school administrators, educators, social workers and first responders at venues including Penn State’s National Autism Conference, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the American Legion National Conference, the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee at NIH. Wendy has served on the RI State Commission to study the education of children with autism, and as a consumer reviewer for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program for Autism through the U.S. Department of Defense.  She has been interviewed by major media outlets including CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, People, Redbook and Elle Magazines. Wendy is the mother of three. Her youngest daughter Aly, now 17, was diagnosed with autism in 2002.

For more info contact:  Jan Randall, Information & Resource Specialist
508-379-0371 ext 16