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Autism Awareness

Shining a Light on Autism

The Empire State Building, the Sydney Opera House and other iconic landmarks across the globe will drape their buildings in bright blue light on April 2 in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day. Between puzzle pins, blue lights and a month-long series of educational activities, Autism Awareness Month aims to increase the public’s understanding of a developmental disorder affecting an estimated one in 68 children.*
 
CCIU offers a multitude of programs for individuals with autism from preschool through adulthood. We encourage you to celebrate Autism Awareness Month with us by attending one of our special April events. Our community celebrations will inform and inspire all who are interested in the education and support of individuals with autism.
 
The Scope and Impact of Autism*
  • 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Boys are 5 times more likely than girls to be diagnosed on the spectrum
  • The average age of diagnosis is 4 years old
  • 1 in 6 children in the United States had a diagnosed developmental disability between 2006 and 2008
  • ASD is the third most common developmental disability in early childhood      

Autism Awareness Month Activity Calendar:

April 1-30- CCIU Lights up Blue
Blue Laser lights will be displayed during the full month of April.
 
April 7- ChalkTalk: Autism Awareness Edition 
Tune in to ChalkTalk from 3-4PM on WCHE 1520 AM or stream it live on WCHE1520.com to hear the speakers discuss Autism Awareness Month as well as programs the CCIU offers for students with autism. 
 
April 12- Autism Training Event at the ESC
Join us for our 4 information training workshops to learn more about working with children on the spectrum.
6:00p.m.- "Understanding and Successfully Handling Behaviors in Group Settings"
"Changing Attitudes Towards ASD"
7:00p.m.- "Preschool Activities for Children with Autism"
"Robots4Autism" 
 
April 19- Dine and Donate Restaurant Night: Texas Roadhouse
Present the flyer and enjoy an evening out at Texas Roadhouse's Family Fun Night from 4-10PM!
 
April 22- Lobby Reception
County Cup will be serving autism awareness treats in the ESC lobby area.
                 Blue Flower Day
Volunteers will be distributing single blue carnations for a donation and bouquets for a fixed price. 
                 ESC Jeans Day
Employees who pay a small fee may wear jeans during this day. 
 
April 23-30- TOMS Shoe Design Contest at the Chester County High School Arts Festival
Come view and vote on the Autism Awareness themed student shoe designs! 
 
If you have concerns about your child's development, CCIU is here to help.
Age 0-3: 610-344-6265 (Chester County Early Intervention)
 
 
School-Age (5 and up): 484-237-5000 or contact a direct program supervisor
 
 
*Research and facts obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
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