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SPECIAL NEEDS NEWS | Little Friends VP Speaks at State Autism Awareness Day Event


NAPERVILLE–Patti Boheme, Little Friends Center for Autism Executive Vice President and Co-Chair of the Illinois Autism Task Force, spoke today at the Capitol in Springfield at an event recognizing Autism Awareness Day.

In her remarks, Patti spoke about the work of the Autism Task Force and emphasized the need for early diagnosis and treatment for autism stating, “We cannot make up for lost time.”

Governor Pritzker echoed those sentiments in his remarks along with providers, parents, agencies, and individuals with autism who gathered to generate unity and ongoing collaboration to support those with autism.

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Fulfilling Lives - Regardless of Challenge. Every one of our clients has a right to a fulfilling life of dignity, independence and respect. So do their families. That right is universal, regardless of challenge. At Little Friends, we empower clients with autism and other developmental disabilities to thrive in our community. Our groundbreaking programs and nationally-renowned staff provide lifelong opportunities for growth, so our clients can work, learn, play and experience the joy of life’s everyday moments. Visit us at



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