Time after time we refer to icons of strength as superheroes – Wonder Woman, Batman and Spiderman are just a few of the household names we think of when we hear about superheroes. After working in the autism community for near a decade, when I think of superheroes I think of the heroes in our community – parents, advocates, and individuals striving every day to overcome the odds set against them.

For Centria Autism Services in Michigan made this autism-community renowned thought a reality by hosting their Autism Activity Day on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Centria is a leading provider of home-based catastrophic injury and rehabilitation services, private duty nursing, supportive living services, and Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children with autism.

During their event, they encouraged all attendees to dress up as their favorite superheroes. Fox 47 News who attended the event and shared that, “Parents said they enjoy the network part of it as well, giving them an opportunity to speak with other parents and therapist about autism.”

Carmen Halloway, a parent of a child with autism who is also a behavior therapist shared with Fox 47 News that, “With the superhero it can be a positive message that you can be special and different but you can still bring something positive” said Holloway.

Centria welcomed families with their staff dressed in head to toe as iconic superheroes, engaging attendees with a variety of activities while also providing families with an affirming environment.

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