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April: Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. And while we believe most people are "aware" of autism, we want to spread more awareness for groups that are doing important work of supporting individuals with austism and their families as well as resources for anyone who might need them.

Need to learn more about Autism? Here's a great AUTISM FACT SHEET from the National Autism Association.
 

EVENTS:

15th Annual Autism Awareness Fest
Hosted by Autism Society of Greater New Orleans
Saturday, April 6th
They will have local resources available to share information with families, vendors selling crafts and other cool merchandise, entertainment, plus much much more!

Autism Speaks Louisiana Walk
Hosted by Autism Speaks Louisiana
Saturday, April 6th
Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and support providers for people with autism. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

3rd Annual Autism Acceptance Day
Hosted by Easterseals Louisiana
Saturday, April 6th
Resources will be available to help families that have loved ones on the Autism spectrum, along with free sensory activities for children of all ages. This is an opportunity for families to receive valuable resources, talk to mental health counselors, and our local authority. This is also a chance for families to educate providers in our community to the needs of families. Activities include Giant Jenga, Chess, Bounce Houses, along with several other games. The Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center will also be bringing horses and service dogs; while the local Fire Department will be joining us with a firetruck.

Audubon Goes Blue
Sunday, April 7th
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas offers complimentary admission to guests who benefit from sensory accommodations, such as calmer environments and hands-on sensory-friendly activities, and their families. The event takes place before the Aquarium is open to the public.


RESOURCES: Looking for more information or for help?

Autism Society of Greater New Orleans

Austistic Self-Advocacy Network

Families Helping Families New Orleans

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. ⁣ ⁣ According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.⁣ ⁣ #autismawareness #lightitupblue #lightitupblue-- #autism #autismawarenessmonth

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WHAT CAN YOU DO? Simple steps that might make a difference.

Does your church have a special needs ministry you can help?

Is there a kid in your child’s class that doesn’t get invited for playdates? How can you reach out and help them connect?