New Autism Support Group Meeting

October 16, 2015

Officer Darrell Dickerson with the Bristol, Virginia Sherriff’s Department will be speaking about Project Lifesaver at the October 20, 2015 TLC Support Group for Autism. The meeting will be held at the Bristol, Virginia Public School Board Office located at 220 Lee Street in Bristol, Virginia from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

Project Lifesaver is a program providing timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Autism, Alzheimer’s, Down Syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions. Through the use of tracking technology and trained search and rescue teams, Project Lifesaver protects “at risk” individuals.

“This is the second meeting for the TLC (Tender, Loving, Care) Support Group for Autism,” states Executive Director for the Bristol Crisis Center Stephanie Poe. “The support group was started by one of our volunteers who has a child with Autism. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about one in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder. Some organizations say the number is even higher.

“It is our hope to provide support and awareness for families and friends of those with Autism by providing quality speakers and presentations monthly at the Virginia Public School Board.”
The TLC Support Group is free; however, RSVP is requested by calling 276-466-2218 as light snacks will be provided.

The Bristol Crisis Center is a non-profit agency which provides free and confidential services to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Since its beginning in 1973, the Bristol Crisis Center has grown from a hotline for teens to an agency which provides a wide range of services including those dealing with issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide prevention and training, outreach to the elderly and homebound, mental health first aid training, campus safe and now TLC Support Group for Autism. Our 24-hour, seven days a week hotline number is (800) 273-8255.