LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Louisa law enforcement held its annual Special Needs and Autism Awareness Festival for people in the community to meet others with special needs as well as connect with resources available in Central Virginia. 

Attendees were able to talk with members of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office about their needs and questions when dealing with police. Sergeant Chuck Love says that this event continues to grow and not only connect them to the community but gives people of all walks of life a way to meet each other. 

“It’s basically to build a base or a bridge for people in our community to actually come out and meet people with different types of abilities," Love said.

One of the participating organizations was Pony Partners, a farm that allows people to heal and grow through connecting with animals. And they say they have seen how their work makes an impact. 

“We have seen children who are non-verbal actually become verbal and safety aware. So, children who didn't have any recollection of safety concerns actually are now safety aware," Pony Partners President Crystal Torbush said. 

Pony Partners provides free resources for the people who come to the farm in Louisa County and plans to have a fall festival later this year for more people to experience the power of animal relationships.