Beyond Awareness Resource Festival Creates Community Support for Individuals with Autism and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

On Saturday, April 27th, the Radium Springs Garden was buzzing with excitement as the Beyond Awareness Resource Festival took place. From 10am to 2pm, nearly 400 people, including nearly 40 vendors, gathered to promote awareness and support for individuals with autism and other intellectual developmental disabilities. The event was made possible by the hard work and dedication of Katrina Wilburn-Beckhom, Founder of Beckhom Behavioral Consulting, LLC.

One of the highlights of the festival was the music provided by DJ Bass from Bass Entertainment. The lively beats kept the attendees energized and engaged throughout the day. But the main focus of the festival was to provide a safe and supportive space for individuals with autism and other intellectual developmental disabilities. It was a chance for them to be themselves and to feel accepted and included in their community.

The festival also saw the participation of some key organizations, such as the Albany Fire Department, who provided fire truck tours and Phoebe Putney mobile truck, who offered health screenings. This collaboration between different behavior health organizations was a true testament to the importance of coming together and making a difference in the community.

For Katrina, this event was a dream come true. As a passionate advocate for individuals with autism and intellectual developmental disabilities, she was thrilled to see the amazing turnout and the support from the community. Katrina had these words to say,” It’s heartwarming to see the impact that the festival is having on not just individuals with disabilities, but also on their families and the community as a whole.”

The festival was able to provide resources, information, and support to families and individuals affected by autism and other intellectual developmental disabilities. It also served as a platform for open discussions and conversations about the challenges and achievements of these individuals. It was a truly inclusive event, where everyone was welcomed and accepted.

The success of the Beyond Awareness Resource Festival highlights the importance of creating a supportive and accepting community for individuals with autism and other intellectual developmental disabilities. It goes beyond just raising awareness, but also mobilizing action and support for these individuals and their families. With the collaboration and dedication of organizations like Beckhom Behavioral Consulting, LLC, we can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities and promote a more inclusive society.

For information about Autism and IDD here’s a few of the many resources available below.


Aspire Behavioral Health The Arc of Southwest Georgia Sowega Autism & Psychiatry

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