Moncton author to help kick off Autism Awareness Month in Bathurst

The Chaleur Autism and Asperger Family Centre kick off Autism Awareness Month with a special guest speaker this afternoon.

Patrick Hardy, Moncton author and father of a child on the autism spectrum, will talk about books he's written to help raise awareness on the subject.

CAAFC's Karen Chamberlain says Hardy's son is the inspiration for his books and that his presentation seeks to raise awareness and give people insight into the behaviour of individuals living with autism.

She says the presentation aims to give people a better understanding of this complex condition.

Following this afternoon's kick-off at the Bathurst Public Library, Hardy will address parents and professionals at CCNB's College Street campus in English and has a French session scheduled at the college for Wednesday, April 19th.

Hardy will be making a number of presentations at local schools next week as well.

Though Autism Awareness Month in Canada is officially celebrated in October,  Chamberlain says it's being celebrated in the Chaleur region in April to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day activities held on April 2nd.