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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month Events in the Triangle

April is Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month. Especially after the release of the CDC's most recent autism prevalence rates, I think it is safe to say that most people are aware that autism exists. But awareness is a far cry from understanding or acceptance, which is why many people and organizations are shifting their focus for April to promoting acceptance. In case you missed it, this might be a good time to read our post 10 Reasons I Am Thankful for Autism.

Here in the Triangle, April also means a calendar jam packed with special autism related activities all month long. The Autism Society of North Carolina has a huge number of events this month statewide. Check out what is happening in the Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham area for April:



April 2nd: World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at Camp Royall


When: Tuesday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Camp Royall 250 Bill Ash Road, Moncure, NC 27559
Join families, self-advocates, and other members of the autism community at Camp Royall as we celebrate World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day 2014!

  • Lunch will be served from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Inflatables, Zumba, a DJ (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), and more on the soccer field
  • ASNC staff, including Autism Resource Specialists, will be available to answer questions.
  • Most Camp Royall facilities will be open: Snoezelen Sensory room, gymnasium, Zap line, paddle boats and fishing
  • Balloon man, arts and crafts, and face painting
  • Hayrides and camp tours
  • A Maple View Farm ice cream truck will be on site and will donate sales to ASNC.
The activities and lunch are free, but a donation is suggested. To help us plan for staffing and food, please RSVP.

April 11th: ASNCOC Monthly Coffee Gathering

Every month during the school year, the Autism Society of North Carolina Orange Chatham Chapter (ASNCOC) hosts a coffee gathering. The coffee gatherings are a great chance to meet parents, grandparents, and others who care about someone on the autism spectrum.

When: Friday, April 11th from 10 - 11am
Where: Caribou Coffee on the corner of Franklin & Estes Streets, Chapel Hill
What: Join us in the back meeting room for coffee and casual conversation. All are welcome - we look forward to seeing new faces and old friends!

April 12: Autism Awareness Celebration at the Chapel Hill Public Library

Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation's Adapted Recreation Program and the Orange/Chatham Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina invite you to join us for a special event to recognize Autism Awareness Month.

When:  Saturday, April 12th from 3 - 5pm
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill

Meet Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and "Autistic Artist" DJ Svoboda, who will mc the
occasion. The goal of this event is to educate the people of Chapel Hill and the
surrounding area about our many citizens who are on the Autism spectrum.

sons with autism. Join us for a special recognition of outstanding local school
teachers and staff, who go above and beyond in their work with students with autism.

UNC-Chapel Hill Pediatric Residents will present a donation to the Autism Society
Chapter. The residents and faculty raised funds during a January fundraiser called
"Manuary", in which they grew beards and mustaches and raised funds through
sponsorships. An additional donation will be presented from the Autism Society local
chapter, providing a donation of books about autism to the Chapel Hill Public

Photo by Barbara Tyroler from her Rocking the Spectrum series

An exhibit by photographer Barbara Tyroler, documenting students with autism in the
Town's Adapted Aquatics classes, will be on display as part of the celebration. The
display will be located across from the library's main service desk. Refreshments
will follow the special event.

The Autism Society of North Carolina is committed to providing support and promoting
opportunities which enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and
their families.

The mission of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation's Adapted Recreation and Inclusion
program is to provide inclusion support and specialized programs and accommodations
to facilitate a leisure lifestyle for people with special needs/disabilities.

April 24th: Catwalk to Camp 


Join us for a spring fashion show and luncheon with door prizes and goodie bags!

When: Thursday, April 24th from 11:30am - 1pm
Where: Marbles Kids Museum 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh

There is no fee to attend, but participants will be asked to consider a donation to support Camp Royall, the largest and oldest camp exclusively for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the United States. The event will be held in Venture Hall, which is located in the same building as the IMAX movie theater.

This event sold out last year, so RSVP early! Registration will close April 18 (unless the event is sold out sooner). For more information, please contact Macy Russell at 919-865-5051or mrussell@autismsociety-nc.org.

April 29th: Dine 4 Autism  


The Triangle Chapters of the Autism Society of North Carolina (Durham, Orange/Chatham, and Wake) will be having a fundraiser on April 29th, 2014 in culmination of International Autism Awareness Month.

Designed to raise Autism awareness as well as funds, Dine 4 Autism will feature Triangle restaurants from am coffee stops and mid-day sandwich cafes to full dinning establishments and cupcake shops. A wide variety of restaurants have signed up, so there is something to fit any taste.

Restaurants from across the Triangle will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the Triangle Chapters of the Autism Society of North Carolina all day on April 29th. Dine 4 Autism is not only a fundraiser for our region, it's a way for our families to raise awareness about Autism and share personal stories.

Visit the Dine 4 Autism website for a searchable database of participating restaurants in your area. Please join the Dine 4 Autism Facebook event and invite your friends! Then on April 29th, support ASNC when you pick up your morning coffee, get a group of co-workers together for lunch, and take your family to dinner that evening. It is going to be a great event - look for me wearing my Autism Moms Rock the Triangle shirt!

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