Noah Flack, son of Dr. Stephen and Tracie Flack, has autism and helped inspire his parents to create the Autism Awareness Fair more than 10 years ago. This year’s fair is slated for Saturday, Sept. 17.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Every parent wants to help their child thrive – emotionally, academically, socially. This can be a difficult task when you have a child with autism spectrum disorder, unless you are aware of the support and resources available.

Individuals who have autism, their parents and family members, caregivers and friends are invited to the upcoming Autism Awareness Fair held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Chambersburg Area Middle School South, 1151 E. McKinley St.

Dr. Stephen Flack, physician at Summit Primary Care, organizes the event with his wife, Tracie. The Flacks understand first-hand the challenges of having a child with autism; their teenage son, Noah, has autism and helped inspire them to create the Autism Awareness Fair more than 10 years ago.

“People who have a child or other family member with autism sometimes feel like they are alone, grasping for information or resources as they search for ways to understand it and how they can help their loved one,” said Dr. Flack. “The fair is a great event that balances fun for the children with educational information for parents or caregivers.”

The fair will feature games, sensory activities and educational information from autism experts. Held rain or shine, the fair also will feature free food, drink and entertainment provided by AE Bounce House Rentals.

Dr. Flack expressed his appreciation to sponsors and the community organizations who participate.

“The fair would be impossible without their support.”

Sponsors for this year’s event include Summit Health, Central Pennsylvania Wireless, BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc., Johnnie’s, and Lt. Col. Eugene Powell, Ret., and Lt. Col. Helen Skiba-Powell, Ret.

For more information on the free Autism Awareness Fair, call (717) 217-6798 or click here.