‘Circle of Friends’ celebrates 5 years

AUSTIN, Minn. – A local organization that works with children who have autism is celebrating half a decade of existence.

The Circle of Friends Day Camp is just wrapping up their fifth session.

Each year, they host children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the Hormel Historic Home in Austin. They get to take trips around town to places like the police department, the bowling alley and more.

“It’s just a great experience for the children who have autism to give them an experience of learning the community experience, how to socialize with other kids, just being a part and making them feel welcome,” said Circle of Friends Co-Director Lynsey Petersen.

She said they are now working with families outside of Mower County.

“We’ve been able to reach out to other outreach in the community to be able to take the kids other places and have them learn those new ropes of what it’s like to go into the YMCA, what it’s like to go to the bowling alley and what you’re expectations are,” Petersen said.

They hope to take it even further to show the importance of autism awareness and the help these children need.

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