Lela Harvey started the Voices 4 Autism Parent Support Group because she has a son with Autism. She felt having someone else to talk to helps. She is advocating for improvements to playgrounds, policies and first responder procedures to raise awareness for individuals with autism.
“Sometimes you feel like you’re the only one,” she said. “Whether you need help, information, or a shoulder to cry on, it helps to talk to another parent who really understands what you’re going through.”
Lela attended other meetings and saw a need for a local outlet that will be more accessible to the Natchitoches community. The group held its first meeting in February 2019.
The group meets monthly at the Natchitoches Parish Library in the third floor meeting room. For more information go to the group’s facebook page “Voices Voices (Voices for Autism) or contact Lela by calling 318-529-0638 or emailing email@example.com.