Inclusive Fall Festival gives all kids a chance to play

MADISON, Wis. — Non-verbal children got a chance to play games, paint and enjoy fall snacks Saturday while forming friendships with kids who are just like them.

The second-annual Inclusive Fall Festival, put on by Variety of Wisconsin and Aspire Therapy, focused on creating a space for children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which uses gestures, vocalizations and signs.

“It’s important for these kids to feel loved and cared about and to just have a good time,” Aspire Therapy CEO Dana Bohrer said.

While the kids were playing, parents got to learn from AAC specialists about different communication devices and resources that are available to them.