Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
The month of April is known as Autism Awareness Month. Here is a listing of the events that are taking place in communities around the world to promote and honor those on the autism spectrum.
Start filling up your calendars now to take in activities that are close to your home and let neighbors, friends, relatives, therapists, teachers and other professionals in your city and elsewhere know about these so they too can take part and spread the word.
Check out the articles on autism awareness items so that you are wearing the shirts, holding the right bags and identifying your vehicle as one that is spreading awareness.
First-Ever Internet Autism PSA Aims to Unite Online Users
Autism awareness day at Barnes & Noble April 5, 2008 -Columbus Park Crossing, GA. The event will be 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will story time and craft time for children and a visit by Clifford the Big Red Dog.
World Autism Day April 2, 2008
CNN Day of Autism Coverage - April 2, 2008, "Myths of Autism". Register at iReport to submit your story.
Autism Awareness Day at the Philadelphia Zoo - April 27, 2008. 11:00am to 4:00pm Entertainment throughout the day at the PHILA ZOO in the Peacock Pavillion 215-362-0998
Awareness Day at the Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, CT - March 30, 2008
Second Annual Autism Ball - Autism Society of Oregon, April 18th, 7 p.m. Portland Hilton Grand Ballroom
30 Days of Autism - Judevine.org
South Carolina Rolling for Autism Awareness - SCAS is hosting a bowling autism awareness event on Saturday, April 5th, 2008 11:00 a.m. at JC's Lexington Bowl located at 5380 Augusta Road in Lexington, SC
Los Angeles Clippers Awareness Night - Sunday, April 6th, 2008 3:00 PM
Autism Victoria Events
Autism Society of CT events - Autism Awareness at the Westfield Shopping Malls. The first three Saturdays in April (5th, 12th, and 19th) as we partner for a third year with the Westfield Malls in bringing information and understanding to the Meriden, Milford, and Trumbull shopping public. Engaging displays about autism and ASCONN’s role in supporting the Connecticut autism community, with balloons, and face painting! Volunteers can contact us by phone: 888.453.4975
Also - Autism Awareness Day at the Connecticut Legislature, Wednesday, April 2, 2008.
Autism Society of Maine events - Dental Hygiene Program 9:00 am on April 12, 2008 at 72B Main St., Winthrop, ME. There are other events during this month, but this one is quite unique and worth special mention.
Provided at no cost to children who have MaineCare, ages 20 and under, who have not seen a dentist in the last 6 months. Services provided are: Oral assessment/inspections, oral hygiene instruction, cleanings, fluoride varnishes, temporary fillings, preventive care, sealants of molars and referrals to dentist for urgent care. Teeth prints will be offered. Call ASM for an appointment which take approximately 20 minutes and start at 9:00am.
Susan Vincent, 1-800-273-5200, www.asmonline.org, email@example.com
Walk Now for Autism 2008 Schedule
Asperger Syndrome and Adulthood this is a series by Organization for Autism Research (OAR). On April 15, 2008 OAR will post Understanding Asperger Syndrome: A Professor’s Guide, to its Web site where it will be available for viewing or download. This DVD is intended for use by college students with Asperger Syndrome as a tool to educate their professors, teaching assistants, and others on Asperger Syndrome, what it means to be a college student on the spectrum and how they might best be able to help them succeed.
Bounce for Autism - ASA Campaign for 2008. New Nationwide Event to Raise Awareness, Support Families Affected by Autism
U of L Autism Awareness Rally - Wednesday, April 30 1:00 p.m. STAR Autism Treatment Program/Lori Wilson, 502.852.8814 or 502.802.1543. Join the University of Louisville STAR Autism Treatment Program and rally for those in this community with autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Society of Alabama Events
Samuel's Kittens - Unlocking Autism project through 14 year-old Samuel Traineer to train cats to be service animals to kids on the spectrum. Donate $1.00 or more with paypal.
Sea of Dreams 2008 at Sea World Orlando - Autism Society of Greater Orlando (ASGO) - April 11 & 12, 2008. This event will begin on Friday, April 11th with a kick off party at a local hotel. The fun will continue with a trip to Sea World.
National Autistic Society Events
Parents of Autistic Children, Northern Virginia(POAC-NOVA) - Autism Everyday: Helping Families Cope & Grow, Presented by Fauquier Hospital Community Outreach. Two Sessions on Tuesday April 29, 2008 3:00 p.m.
Autism Recognition & Suggested Responses for Professional First Responders
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Safety Considerations for Parents of Individuals with Autism & Other Cognitive Disabilities
Community Resource Booths
Helpful information available from local, state, and national organizations starting at 6:00 p.m. FREE event at Fauquier Hospital, Sycamore Rooms, 500 Hospital Drive, Warrenton, VA - Registration - 540.316.3588
Autism Awareness Month- Brownsville, TX. Start Date: April 1, 2008 - End Date: April 30, 2008, Time: 7pm-8pm, Adult Price - FREE
Location: Bright Start Children's Rehabilitation Center 140 Uptown Ave Brownsville. Parents and families of children with pervasive developmental disorder or other forms of autism are especially invited.
Kennedy Krieger Institute Events
Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC) - Calendar of events
The Million Dollar Puzzle for Autism Research - The Million Dollar Puzzle is an initiative to fund research through the Autism Research Institute, and keep Dr. Rimland's visionary work alive.
Downtown Spectrum Parents - NY, March and April events
Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT) Night of Caring - FEAT Dinner Auction 08, Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Sacramento Convention Center
Canadian Conferences and Events
Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) - Autism Musical, NJ tickets are $15 for nonmembers with locations in NJ listed. You can also listen to music at the website.
The Help Group Autism Awareness Day - in California on April 13, 2008
Autism The Musical
TACA Annual Family Picnic - June 2008. Jenny Mc Carthy is the guest plus a spokesperson.
All Out For Autism 2008 - San Diego ASA Chapter. The event is a casino night to include a silent auction, live auction, and raffle. April 26, 2008 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
Ideas on how schools can promote awareness with events and contests forum thread where you can post links as well to success stories.
Blogging for Autism Awareness
Defeat Autism Now (DAN) Conference schedule
Tee up for Autism Golf Classic - The tournament is on June 28th, 2008 at the Indian Wells Golf Resort, home of the LG Skins, in Indian Wells, CA.
Second Annual Autism Information Fair - New York
Autism Safety Products - My Previous Kid
Tips for keeping children on the spectrum safe
Autism Awareness Toolbar
Year End Teacher and Therapist Gifts
Educational Autism Tips for Families 71 page resourceful ebook for families entering the school system with a recent autism diagnosis. Find out what issues take place over the course of a school day and meet these challenges head on.