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Friday, April 10, 2015

April 2015 Autism Awareness + Acceptance Month Events

It feels like every year Autism Awareness + Acceptance Month has more and more activities, and April 2015 is absolutely jam packed! Much of this list comes to us courtesy of the Autism Society of NC Orange Chatham Chapter (host of many of these great events); be sure to follow ASNCOC and CHART on Facebook to keep up with everything going on around the Triangle this month.



Saturday, April 11th:

Acting Is Awesome! Presents 3 performances.

From the classes offered through Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation’s Adapted Recreation program and Amy Elliott, Drama Therapist.
When: 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Seymour Center for Senior Life,  2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill


Sunday, April 12th:

FRANK Gallery Exhibit & Reception. 

Works from artists through the NC Art Therapy Institute (Exhibition runs from April 7 - May 3)
When: 12-4pm
Where: 109 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

 

Autism Society of NC UNC Chapter 1st Annual Spring Soiree

Music, Food, Silent Auction, Raffle, Face Painting & Child Care
When: Sunday, April 12th 4-7pm
Where: UNC Farm, 1 Ingram Circle, Chapel Hill, NC
Cost: $10 per ticket - free raffle ticket included. More details.
 

Wednesday, April 15th:

Conversations: Creativity & Diversity Panel Discussion with Musical Performance & Reception

Presented by FRANK Community Outreach Gallery, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) UNC Chapel Hill & InFocus presents: 
Special Guest: Chapel Hill Mayor, Mark Kleinschmidt
When: 6-9pm
Where: 109 Franklin Street, Chapel Hill


Saturday, April 18th:

Autism Family and Friends Day

Sponsored by the Hillsborough Police Department and Surrounding Agencies.
Meet Police and Firemen and explore their vehicles in a fun and accepting environment. No sirens, no dogs, lots of fun!
When: 11am-2pm
Where: Gold Park, State Road 1144, Hillsborough, NC

The Social Group: A Documentary Film and Discussion

A documentary about a TEACCH social group that has met every Friday for 10 years. After the film, meet some of the young adults who participated and learn what they’re doing now.
When: 2:30pm
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill


Sunday, April 19th:


Artist Susan Kermon, photograph by Barbara Tyroler

 

Diversability: Exhibition Reception & Meet the Artists

InFocus Advocates presents Advocacy Artist Susan Kermon, local artists Steve Hockenyos, and Michael Buxton in a celebration of the arts + autism.
When: 2-4pm
Where: Carrboro Branch Library, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Carrboro, NC


Tuesday, April 21st:


 

Dine4Autism 

Sponsored by the Autism Society of North Carolina Durham, Orange-Chatham, and Wake County Chapters. 
Dine 4 Autism is both a fundraising and an autism awareness event. More than 40 restaurants, Triangle-wide, will be donating a portion of their sales — breakfast, lunch and dinner — to support local individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Eat at a participating restaurant on this date and restaurants will donate 10% to the Triangle ASNC chapters. 
When: All Day!

Want more? Be sure to check out the upcoming CIDD Community Talk Series, follow TEACCH on Facebook for autism awareness updates all month long, and take a look at the Autism Society of North Carolina's calendar for April autism events across North Carolina. And don't forget to stock up with the 15% April discount at the ASNC Bookstore!

Finally, remember that even as autism awareness spreads like wildfire, diagnosis still comes later than it should for many children, especially for girls. Early diagnosis matters, because early intervention is crucial. Speaking of interventions, the NC Senate has introduced a new autism insurance bill, Senate Bill 676, that would cover autism treatments through age 18. Please let your representatives in the NC General Assembly know that you support autism insurance in North Carolina (which 39 other states already have!).

Hope to see you at some of this month's many events!



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