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“A-Team” at the Greater Carbondale YMCA

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CARBONDALE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A support group is getting attention for all the right reasons. 

They’re called the “A-Team.” It’s a group of autistic teens and adults along with their caregivers. The crew meets up at the YMCA in Carbondale for Friday night fun. 

We all want that feeling of being included. That’s the mission behind the autism team, where children and adults of the same disability come together and be one.

More than a dozen hung out at the YMCA on Friday and had dinner, decorated a Christmas tree by spraying snow and then they spent an hour in the pool. 

“I love everybody in the group and I love spending time with them. I love talking with them, I love helping them out and everything,” said Joshua Yzeik.

The social aspect of the program isn’t just for the participants. Their parents also get a chance to meet others in similar circumstances. 

“Nobody judges you, you’re all in the same boat. So us parents if you have a question or somebody is having a bad day, everybody helps everybody,” said Patricia Duguay, mother and volunteer.

Earlier in December the “A-Team” was recognized by the Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCA’s. Greater Carbondale YMCA received the 2018 YMCA Community Impact Award for Social Responsibility. 

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