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Austism grant

Saturday, December 15, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley will present the Mike Hull Memorial Family Mini Grant from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at its Holiday Autism Family Gift Presentation and Bowling Party at Mahoning Valley Lanes, 2617 Mahoning Ave.

Four Valley families were selected from numerous applicants. Gifts include iPads to be used as communication devices and a three-wheeled adult bicycle. This year, the Mike Hull fund focused on the greatest need, which was giving iPads to autistic individuals who are nonverbal.

In 2014, Melissa Kalaman and her family created the grant with proceeds from the annual Mike Hull Memorial Poker Run for Autism held each summer. Motorcyclists take part in the ride and the basket auction that follows in honor of Hull, who has a granddaughter on the autism spectrum.