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Tarpon art studio holding autism awareness event

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Published:   |   Updated: April 16, 2014 at 05:28 PM

— Caring for a child or loved one with autism can sometimes mean having more questions than answers.

An event this Saturday aims to help bring provide to all those uncertainties.

Londono Art Studio, a Tarpon Springs business near the Sponge Docks, will hold Art Now For Autism from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. It will feature four bilingual certified specialists traveling north from Miami to speak with parents and answer questions.

“We’re not limiting it to just an hour or two because that’s not enough for a parent sometimes,” said Chantal Macuil, office manager at Londono, who’s younger brother, Jacques, is autistic. “You never know how many questions they have, especially depending on how old the child is and their condition.”

Macuil and Olga Londono, owner of the studio, chose Saturday’s date as a way to take part in Autism Awareness Month. All the money donated at the event will go to the non-profit organization Autism Speaks.

In addition to the behavioral specialists on site assisting those with questions, Art Now For Autism will also offer games and activities for kids and a Chinese auction for parents and caretakers.

Macuil said the free event is open to the entire community and the art studio has received plenty of local support.

“The [Tarpon Springs] Merchants Association, the [Tarpon Springs] Chamber of Commerce and the community, they’ve all been very supportive of this,” she said.

To learn more information about Saturday’s event, call (727) 937-0981(727) 937-0981. Londono Art Studio is located at 1052 N. Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs.

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