April is Autism Awareness Month. If you haven’t yet explored our local resources for support and advocacy for autistic children and their families, now is a good time, as many organizations have special activities planned.
April 2nd is the 8th annual UN-Sanctioned World Autism Day, when Autism Speaks sponsors the “Light it up Blue” campaign, encouraging businesses to fill their storefronts and promotional materials with the color blue as a gesture of awareness and solidarity.
Awakening Minds Art at 515 S. Main St., in Findlay will be celebrating their 6th birthday on April 10 from 4-7pm, with sensory-friendly activities. awakeningmindsart.org
The April Sibshops will be held April 18, at the Alternate Learning Center, 3939 Wrenwood, in Toledo, from 10am-1pm. Sibshops is a free, fun, supportive outlet for children age 9-16 who have siblings with special needs. There are games, hands-on activities, and opportunity for discussion. siblingsupport.org/sibshops
Special Kids Therapy is planning a “Spring Fling” dance with snacks and soft drinks on April 22nd, from 6-7:30pm at the Yucatan, 1851 Tiffin Ave., Findlay. The dance is free for those ages 8-21 with special needs. Special Kids Therapy | Services for Children With Special Needs
The Shannon Theatre, 119 S. Main St., Bluffton, periodically schedules sensory-friendly screenings of family films. Call 419-358-1141 for showtimes.
Also on April 18th, an “Up for Autism” event will be held at Betty’s Farm, 4640 Fort Amanda Rd, in Lima, from 9am-1pm. Balloon releases are planned at 12:15pm at The Farm as well as ten participating businesses who pledge to show their support for autism awareness through tabletop/desktop displays. Visitors can volunteer to help tend raised garden beds. Events will also be held at Bittersweet Farms, 12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Rd., in Whitehouse, OH. bittersweetfarms.org