KEARNEY, Neb. — A Central Nebraska-based non-profit is working to provide resources to parents of children with autism.

The Kids and Dreams Foundation hosted its seventh Autism Conference on Friday in Kearney. Founder and Executive Director Aaron Bly says it’s important for parents to continue to learn as much as they can because autism affects each person differently.

“It’s just a wide range of things that kind of change day to day. I think it’s very crucial to come out and just continue to find ways to help your child make as much progress as possible,” Bly said.

The conference features nine different speakers and more than a dozen vendors. Bly says one of the most helpful aspects is the opportunity to network with other parents.

“You can kind of feel isolated and out on an island and not sure where to turn," Bly said. "Obviously, our goal with the conference is to have them come and be around other families that are going through similar situations.” 

Outside of the annual conference, the Kids and Dreams Foundation sponsors anti-bullying speakers at schools and hosts a summer camp for autistic kids called Operation Shine Camp.