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National autism speaker coming to Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Autism expert Alison Singer will be in Yakima April 28 for a conversation with parents and community members about autism and her research on the topic.

Singer leads the Autism Science Foundation, which she founded, and previously served in a leadership position for Autism Speaks. She believes autism has a strong genetic component, early diagnosis and intervention are critical for helping people with autism, and educational support services are needed throughout a person's lifespan. She also says vaccines save lives and do not cause autism.

She will speak at Children's Village on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. in a community forum and Friday, April 29 at Yakima Regional Hospital for a conference geared toward healthcare professionals.  

The two sessions fall during National Infant Immunization Week and her visit is sponsored by both Children's Village and the Yakima Health District.

The district will celebrate 100 years of service in June and is hosting a community health fair on June 18 at their offices in Union Gap.