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Mary Kate Marcellus, Tracey Bowen, Conor Marcellus , Representative Mary Morrissey, R-Bennington, and Ron Marcellus at a ceremony held by the Vermont Autism Task Force April 13 in Montpelier.

MONTPELIER >> House Rep. Mary A. Morrissey, R-Bennington, was honored on April 13 by the Vermont Autism Task Force.

"Mary A. Morrissey's smile has been a welcome constant since the inauguration of Autism Awareness Day in Vermont. Year after year, Mary has made time to participate in our Autism Awareness events, encouraged us to continue our efforts when we had ample reasons to be discouraged, and inspired us on to achieve several seemingly impossible victories. Gentle, cheerful, wise, and funny, this self-effacing lady is an inspiration to all, and the Vermont Autism Task Force could have no better friend," according to a statement from the Task Force.

Also honored was John Killacky, "a writer, dancer, and filmmaker, is currently CEO of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. He came to Vermont after a stellar stint as a program officer for the San Francisco Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds a variety of community initiatives, including arts and culture projects. Thanks to John's efforts, the Flynn Theatre has mounted several productions in such a way as to make them enjoyable and comfortable to people on the Autism Spectrum."

About autism

Autism is a general term that refers to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a group of complex developmental disorders characterized by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, and repetitive behaviors. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children – of whom 1 in 42 are boys - has been identified with ASD.


About the Vermont Autism Task Force

The Vermont Autism Task Force is a grassroots volunteer organization composed of Vermonters dedicated to improving services and supports for individuals with ASD and their families. Our membership includes parents whose children have autism, adults with autism, and people whose professional lives focus on assisting those whose lives are affected by this disorder. To learn more about the Vermont Autism Task Force, please visit