Upcoming Event: Celebrating Joy In The World Of Autism

Filed Under: Health Care, Non Profit News

Cape Abilities and The Pelham House will present a panel discussion about autism at the Cape Cinema, 7 Hope Lane, in Dennis on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m.

The faces of individuals living with autism will be shown through photographs by Kim Roderiques on the cinema’s big screen. 

As honorary host, Joseph Carr, founder and vintner of Joseph Carr & Josh Cellars Winery, will welcome the evening’s guests. The panel discussion will break down the gifts and challenges of autism. Speakers will discuss autism and the ways to provide safety, acceptance, job opportunities and inclusion in our community.  

The panel discussion will be moderated by Carol Kenner, U.S. bankruptcy judge, retired, who is the mother of a young man who is supported by Cape Abilities.  She has served on the board of Cape Abilities for over 10 years.  She works with the Cape Cod Disability Network in advocating with legislators for better wages and benefits for direct support professionals in these life-changing organizations. 

Presenting on the panel will be Kim McElholm, President and CEO of Cape Abilities; James Barnes, Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement at Cape Abilities; Kathy Ohman, Founder and Board President of FORWARD, and a licensed independent social worker; Shana Grogan, a special education teacher for 20 years on Cape Cod, as well as the co-founder of Special Abilities Fitness; and Sarah McCracken, Executive Director of Dogs for Better Lives.  

Special guests will be Tom Campbell and his son, Liam, and Hank Svirsky, the ambassador at Cape Abilities Farm.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting: www.capecinema.com.