IMPERIAL â€“ Autism Support of Imperial County hosted a pool party at the Imperial High School pool Saturday, giving families affected by autism a chance to come out and enjoy the fun and partake in refreshments.
In a stress-free environment, families began the evening with a dip in the pool to cool off following a hot Saturday afternoon. These families got to enjoy the pool without having to worry about others judging them due to the autistic behavior their children often exhibit.
â€œThis autism support group is a parentâ€™s support group, and we wanted to bring these families out so they can enjoy the pool,â€ said James Gonzales, president of Autism Support of Imperial County. â€œAnd since these families know what each other are going through, it always helps everyone have a good time.â€
After the parents and children finished up in the pool, Autism Support provided pizza and beverages to close out the evening.
These events are made possible by fundraisers held throughout the year. One of the biggest fundraisers the Autism Support Group hosted was Tee Off for Autism, a golf event that took place earlier this year.
â€œWe are lucky to have so many gracious donators like the Imperial Credit Union and Imperial Valley Childrenâ€™s Network, who donated a few thousand dollars to our group,â€ said Gonzales.
The Autism Support of Imperial County is planning a movie day in December to once again bring families out and allow them to go to the theater without having to worry about disrupting others.
The Autism Support group also helps spread awareness to teach others the hardships these families must go through on a daily basis and how to deal with and sympathize with autistic children in the appropriate manner.