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Autism advocates performing at Hannibal Arts Council

Posted: Aug. 10, 2017 10:50 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal Arts Council in partnership with Shine A Light On Autism will present a program and performance featuring autism advocates Taylor Sweeting and Antonio Penaherrera at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St.

Sweeting, who lives with autism, will present a program titled Why Can't You Understand Me?

Sweeting is a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional and is the NCCAP Activities Coordinator at Illini Community Hospital's Worthington Square Geriatric Psychiatric Unit/Acute Care Unit in Pittsfield, Ill. He is an active autistic advocate and autistic culture enthusiast.

Penaherrera, who also lives with autism, will present a performance at 7 p.m. showcasing his musical abilities on guitar, harmonica, mandolin and piano. Sweeting, Penaherrera and Penaherrera's parents, Jose and Diane, will be available for a question-and-answer session following the events.

For more information about the lecture and concert, contact the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545 or findit@hannibalarts.com.

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