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HCRS Hosting Autism Awareness Events in April

The month of April is designated Autism Awareness month in order to highlight the growing incidence of Autism. In support of this effort, HCRS will be offering several free events and activities to promote Autism Awareness in our communities.

On April 11, HCRS will be hosting a Bowl for Autism Awareness event at Upper Valley Lanes and Games in White River Junction. This event will run from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Smith at 886-4567 ext. 7202.

A Workout for Autism will be held on April 18 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm at HCRS’ Springfield office. Participants will learn valuable stretching and breathing techniques to enhance health and well-being. Attendees are asked to wear a blue t-shirt to show support for awareness raising efforts. Please contact John Sullivan at 886-4567 ext. 2706 for details.

Two free showings of the film “Wretches and Jabberers” will be offered to the community. The first showing (jointly sponsored by HCRS, Families First, and The Inspire School) will take place at The Latchis Theater in Brattleboro on April 25 at 4:00 pm. The second showing (sponsored by HCRS) will be at the Bellows Falls Opera House in Bellows Falls on April 26 at 6:00 pm. This film is a rare opportunity to hear directly from people with Autism about how they understand and experience their own disabilities.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental disabilities affecting the brain. There is no known cause for ASD, but it can impact a person’s functioning at different levels. A person with an ASD may not look any different, but they may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways. Many people with ASD have problems with social, emotional, and communication skills. Autism spectrum disorders begin during early childhood and last throughout a person’s life. If you suspect your child may have ASD, talk with your child’s doctor or school and ask for a referral to an agency like HCRS. Early intervention has shown to be the best tool to help your child reach their true potential. For more information, go to www.cdc.gov/actearly .