Collaborative Community Fair for Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness Month is celebrated in Central Washington

Yakima, WA – April is Autism Awareness Month and The Autism Oversight Committee of Central Washington and Children’s Village are hosting a free collaborative community fair at Children’s Village on April 17th from noon – 2:00 p.m.  The collaborative community fair is an opportunity to raise awareness of the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in our community and emphasize the need to increase support for Children with ASDs.

What: Collaborative Community Fair for Autism Awareness

When: Saturday, April 17 from noon- 2 p.m.

Where: Children’s Village

Why: Autism Awareness Month

ASDs are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause social, communication and behavioral challenges.  The CDC estimates that one in every 110 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  ASDs are classified as “spectrum disorders” because they affect each person in a different way, and can range from very mild to severe.

“Our goal with this event is education and highlighting the work that our community is doing-working together to provide support and effective services to children on the autism spectrum and their families,” says Diane Patterson, Director of Children’s Village.  “Each day there are new advances in the area of autism research and as a community we want to support children with autism to achieve their hopes and dreams.”

The community event will represent the prevalence of Autism in our society with a visual display of one in 110 balloons.  Families and others can connect and learn more from other parents raising children with Autism.  It’s also an opportunity to find out more about how the Children’s Village expansion will offer more opportunities to serve children with autism.  Onyx salon will be offering $10 blue hair extensions with proceeds going to support the expansion campaign. Face painting and snacks will also be provided throughout the event.

About Children’s Village

Children’s Village is a unique partnership that resulted from a community vision for easily accessible, comprehensive, collaborative health, education and social services for children with special health care needs.  Since Children’s Village opened its doors in October 1997, it has transformed from being just a building into a philosophy of care for our Valley’s children.  Over the past decade, 16,000 children and their families have received services, support and care through Children’s Village in Yakima and Sunnyside.  For more information or to schedule a tour, call (509) 574-3200 or visit www.yakimachildrensvillage.org.

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