Monday, March 7, 2011

Autism Community Shines in April

Julianne Mesaric, BA
Autism Outreach Liaison,
Center for Autism Research
National Autism Awareness month has been celebrated in April since the 1970s. Families, individuals, and organizations have come together for the past 40 years to educate the greater community about autism spectrum disorders and promote greater acceptance and understanding.
April is an especially busy time for the outreach team at the Center for Autism Research. It’s also the most fun! Our outreach team has grown from 1 to 5 since CAR’s inception in 2008, and together we have connected with thousands of families, educators, and professionals who are intrinsically connected to someone with autism, not only during the month of April but every day. It is together with this community that we celebrate the joys and address the challenges that autism brings to many, many lives.
There are a variety of fantastic events happening in and around the Philadelphia area this April, from fun walks and runs to informative lectures by autism experts. I hope that you will be able to be a part of at least one. I guarantee that you will be as in awe as I am of the strength, acceptance, knowledge, and support that radiates from the autism community. See you there!
Friday, April 1st
Hosted by Chestnut Hill College and CORA services

Saturday, April 2nd
2nd Annual Autism Awareness Night at Please Touch Museum
Hosted by the Variety Club

Sunday, April 3rd
Awareness Walk for Autism Education and Resource (AWARE)
Hosted by the Variety Club

Wednesday, April 6th

Lecture: Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Hosted by Bancroft NeuroHealth
Saturday, April 9th
1st Annual Walk/Race for Autism
Hosted by Autism Delaware
Sunday, April 10th
Huddle Up for Autism
Hosted by the Center for Autism Research at CHOP

Friday, April 15th

Philadelphia Phillies Autism Awareness Night
Hosted by the Philadelphia Phillies
Saturday, April 16th
Lehigh Valley Walk Now for Autism Speaks
Hosted by Autism Speaks
Hosted by the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition

Sunday, April 17th
Autism Day at the Philadelphia Zoo
Hosted by the Autism Society of American, Philadelphia Chapter

Wednesday, April 20th
Lecture: Medical Developments in the Biology of Autism
Hosted by Bancroft NeuroHealth
Friday, April 22nd
Autism Awareness Day at Sesame Place
Hosted by Variety Club
Tuesday, April 26th and Wednesday, April 27th
Lecture: Michelle Garcia Winner – “Social Thinking”
Hosted by Social Thinking
Wednesday, April 27th
Next Steps Workshop for Professionals
Hosted by the Center for Autism Research at CHOP
Thursday, April 28th
Lecture:
Sally Rodgers, Ph.D Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute
Hosted by the Center for Autism Research at CHOP
Friday, April 29th
5th Annual Autism Conference: "The Voices of Advocacy"
Keynote Daniel Gottlieb, PhD and Ari Ne'eman
Hosted by La Salle University and Green Tree Partnerships
Friday, April 29th

Is your organization hosting an autism awareness event in April or do you know one that is? Feel free to share the information below!