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My Circle of Girls offers 911 information session for girls with autism

Posted October 13, 2015

The South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo's fire truck parade rolled down Fayetteville Street on Saturday.

My Circle of Girls, designed for girls with autism, will host a special event this month that features information on what to do in an emergency, along with a teddy bear clinic.

Dawn Dudley, a Durham mom, created the group to help find friends for her daughter, who has autism. I wrote about this inspiring Triangle mom a few months ago. My Circle of Girls provides social and service opportunities for girls living with autism.

The group's next event is 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 25. Dudley has partnered with Durham County Emergency Medical Services to host the clinic and information sessions for participants to learn more about what steps to take in an emergency, including calling 911, and what happens when a first responder works on a patient.

"For some individuals with autism and their families, these questions come into mind and whether or not the professionals in the position to assist understand autism and the types of behaviors that may be displayed in an emergency situation," Dudley wrote in a press release.

During the event, girls are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or doll to include in a bandaging exercise. An EMS and fire department truck also will be on display for the girls to explore.

Registration is required by Oct. 21. To sign up or for more information, email mycircleofgirls@gmail.com. My Circle of Girls' website and Facebook page has more information about the group as well.

The all-girls group offers programs for girls ages 2 to 6 and 7 to 11 right now.

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