Autism awareness throughout April
The work of an autism charity will be highlighted throughout the month of April.
Tomorrow’s Voices Autism Centre will celebrate Autism Awareness Month by inviting the public to a host of events.
Thea Furbert, Tomorrow’s Voices co-founder and board chairwoman, said: “It’s a great time to highlight the work that we are doing at Tomorrow’s Voices and celebrate how we’ve grown over the past 11 years.
“We encourage the entire community to come and join us to support Autism Awareness by taking part in these exciting events.”
The schedule kicks off with Bounce for Autism on Saturday, featuring up to 13 fun castles and water slides, bouncy races and a dance competitions, at the Police Field from 2pm to 8pm.
People will also get a first-hand look at the Autism Centre, and a chance to observe cutting-edge, research-based therapies, at the Autism Early Intervention Centre open house on April 12, from 10am to noon and from 1pm to 4pm.
Organisers will give details on the services available, volunteer opportunities, membership programme and bimonthly workshops.
Mike Wasmer, from the United States-based advocacy organisation Autism Speaks and the father of a young adult on the spectrum, will address “Transitioning To Adulthood” for those with disabilities at a workshop on April 17.
Mr Wasmer will speak about the work and community support needed to create a successful environment for transitioning from youth to adulthood and will use his real life stories to illustrate the building blocks needed to support this transition.
This workshop is particularly useful for educators, health professionals and those who support adults with disabilities.
People are encouraged to put on their craziest pair of socks to raise funds for Autism Rocks Socks Day on April 26.
Companies, organisations, and schools can participate by asking each person to donate $5 or by creating a sock hamper.
“Employees or students can bring their spare change wrapped in a colourful sock to drop in the hamper,” the spokeswoman said.
A tag day to help raise funds will be the final event for Autism Awareness Month on May 3.
Anyone interested in volunteering should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about Tomorrow’s Voices, call 297-4342 or e-mail email@example.com.