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Autism Awareness Month 2018

In honor of Autism Awareness Day, the Arc Westchester and the Westchester County government unveiled an art exhibit featuring the work of artists with autism.

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April is National Autism Awareness month, a time to focus on children and adults living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). With the CDC declaring that 1 in 68 children may be impacted by ASD, it’s a fair bet that each one of us knows someone with autism or someone who has a family member or friend with autism. Many people are talking about challenges to be overcome – but here at The Arc Westchester, we choose to focus on accomplishments to be achieved. We work toward the goal of full inclusion in our community, showing, by example, that everyone benefits when individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, become productive members of society. It starts with our youngest children attending The  Children's School for Early Development. From our early intervention program supporting infants and toddlers to preschool classes in the community settings, our focus is on supporting families and building independence and inclusion for children to grow and thrive in their communities. 

On April 5, the 2018 World Autism Awareness Day observance at United Nations Headquarters in New York will focus on the importance of EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIRLS WITH AUTISM and involving them and their representative organizations in policy and decision making to address these challenges. 

The Arc Westchester is proud to say that we continue to be ahead of this initiative. Five years ago, we began our work with Westchester’s Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism in partnership with NEXT for AUTISM. This innovative program helps young men and women with autism receive hands-on career training and a proven path to successful employment opportunities in the community. Graduates have found successful job placements in prestigious local businesses like Regeneron, Home Depot, Dannon, Jackson Lewis LLP and with government agencies such as the Yonkers District Attorney’s office, to name only a few. 

We have also taken the steps to introduce our staff to the methods of teaching used by the University of North Carolina's TEACCH® Autism Program. The program is based on understanding each individual's strength and working together to achieve success. Many of the successful techniques are applied to work, school and home environments for students and adults with autism.

Individuals with Autism should be embraced as vital, productive members of our community who earn a living wage, participate in meaningful activities and develop supportive friendships. Many organizations, including  The Arc of the US,  have developed programs to help individuals with autism live fully productive lives.

This month is a time for us to educate our community about autism. Spreading autism awareness is a great way to celebrate April and promote inclusion and acceptance in our world for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Use the hashtag #AutismAwarenessMonth on twitter and be sure to wear blue on April 2nd - World Autism Awareness Day!    

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