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Website features resources, events for Autism Awareness Month

Posted on Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 — 12:00 PM

by Elizabeth Turner

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) has developed a special online resource for April’s Autism Awareness Month.

The website shares the purpose of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day, provides resources and lists local workshops and family-centered events that will be held in April to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder. ASD affects about 1 in 88 children, according to estimates from the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.

World Autism Awareness Day is Wednesday, April 2, and observed around the world with autism-related events. Autism Speaks leads the Light It Up Blue campaign, which ranges in scope from wearing something blue on April 2 to businesses and corporations lighting the sides of their buildings in blue to raise awareness for the developmental disability. The Metro Nashville Courthouse will have blue lights blazing on April 2.

VKC TRIAD has partnered with Nashville community organizations to educate staff about autism and to help them develop ways to open new learning opportunities and experiences for families of children with ASD.

For more information, visit the VKC TRIAD website or the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center website, or call (615) 322-8240.


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