Autism is focus of free Sept. 8 forum
Autism resource specialist Greta Byrd will be the speaker at NAMI Western Carolina’s next free education forum, Thursday, September 8 at 6 p.m. at NAMI-WC offices, upper level of 356 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville.
Byrd is the Regional Director for the Autism Society of North Carolina and considers herself fortunate to have worked in support of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illness for the past 25 years. Her presentation will provide an overview of housing, supported employment and other resources.
Byrd began her career as a direct support professional and moved into management and leadership positions in both non-profit and public management of service and supports. Her experience has provided her with a profound respect for individuals receiving support, their families and the agencies providing care. An advocate for affordable housing, she received the Mayor’s Award for Housing in 2008.
Free presentations for your group
NAMI Western Carolina's In Our Own Voice speakers will talk to your class, organization or faith community about important things you need to know about mental illness. They will talk to you about their recovery and the important components of recovery such as dark days, acceptance, treatment, coping skills, successes, hopes, and dreams. Contact: Paulette Heck; 828-581-0080, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridges of Hope reaches out to faith communities
Creating stronger connections and safety nets for people living with serious mental illness in and through faith communities. A team of two trained speakers conducts the 60-90 minute program that informs church congregations about serious mental illness and how to help individuals with a mental illness and their families. For more information, contact Paulette Heck, email@example.com