Gala to support new special needs school in Henry County

- April is National Autism Awareness Month and a gala was held Saturday to support children living with autism and special needs.

Our World at Hope Park, a nonprofit that supports children with disabilities, is raising money to build a special needs school in Henry County.

Some parents said this new school will save them from driving hours to other schools to access adequate resources for their children. Lindsey White is one of those parents. Her son has autism and she founded Our World, an organization that who works alongside H.O.P.E. Park to create programs for children with special needs.

"This means so much to us and we have so many families that call us on a daily basis that really need this school,” said White.

Carmen Munoz, the mother of 10-year-old Alex, drives one hour each way to take her child to school each day. Her son was born with ARC syndrome, a rare syndrome that affects different parts of the body.

“The quality of life is very hard and stressful,” said Munoz. "People with special needs kids understand each other so we know what we need. If everyone donates a penny, we can make this school possible.”

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