Community Rallies For Kids with Special Needs

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Story by: James Buechele

Tallahassee, Fla.

Raymond Galler has ten-year old twin daughters named Jansyn and Hollyn. Both have a form of autism.

"They're just starting to put sentences together," said Galler. So as far as people saying they don't understand or they're not trained or they're not disciplined, it's hard."

Galler attended Thursday's meeting in Live Oak about resources for parents of kids with special needs.

"The biggest fear is just them actually growing up and people not understanding the needs that they have."

Live Oak police chief Buddy Williams is spear-heading these efforts. His own daughter also has special needs.

"There are people out there that are different than us but they have the same rights and livelihoods as we do," said Williams. "They just need extra care sometimes and I want to make sure that we're doing everything we can to not have another incident like Leo Walker."

Several organizations came out to show GPS monitoring devices that kids can wear. Also, several neon-colored shirts were given out that can make it easier to spot if a child goes missing.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the first ever "Fishing for Autism Bass Tournament" will be held in Branford, FL.

This will benefit Little Star Center that helps children with autism.

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