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Shawano family of funds helps bridge the autism gap

The all-volunteer group Bridge the Gap was awarded a $2,500 grant by the Shawano Area Community Foundation to purchase equipment that will help parents and therapists communicate better with autistic children.

The Shawano-based nonprofit helps families who are awaiting state support or are in immediate crisis related to a family member who has an autism spectrum disorder. The grant will help equip a “sensory room” to create experiences for children who are hypersensitive or less reactive to outside stimuli.

The equipment includes special swings, a ball pit, an enclosed mini trampoline, sensory brushes, bean bags and iPads to improve communications.

The grant is described in the Shawano Area Community Foundation’s annual report for 2016. It can be downloaded from the SACF’s webpage.

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