By Missy Zolecki

The Annual Autism Connections Conference brings professionals and families together to learn more about autism and how to adopt strategies and therapies to help someone they know with autism. This year’s conference was held on April 10, 2024, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The 33rd annual conference attracted around 400 attendees, a crowd made up mostly of families, caregivers, and professionals, much like our own biennial conference.

Denise Devine at her Autism Connections display table for Fragile X information.

Denise Devine of the NFXF Western Massachusetts Chapter at their display table at the 33rd Annual Autism Connections Conference.

NFXF Western Massachusetts Chapter leader Denise Devine attended this year’s conference and came ready to educate and raise awareness about Fragile X. Denise handed out information and was on hand to talk with anyone interested in learning more about the similarities between Fragile X syndrome and autism, testing, and how research in both areas can benefit Fragile X and autism.

Denise noted that awareness of Fragile X was a mix, and less than half of the people she talked to said they already knew about Fragile X. But the majority either didn’t know about it or didn’t know enough and wanted to know more.

And thankfully, Denise was there to help them. To learn more about the annual conference and more, visit Autism Connections.

Missy Zolecki, Director, Community Empowerment

Missy Zolecki
Missy joined NFXF team in 2018 after being an active volunteer since 2010. Missy organized several fundraisers and educational workshops while serving in her volunteer role. Missy is the mother of three children. Her eldest son, Matt, lives with Fragile X syndrome. Prior to joining the NFXF team, Missy had worked as a nurse for more than 20 years. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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