April is Autism Awareness Month

AutismRALEIGH — The Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) will kick off Autism Awareness Month with a celebration on Thursday, April 2. The World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.at Camp Royall in Moncure, is open to the public.

Families and self-advocates will gather for fellowship and fun, with access to many of Camp Royall’s unique features, including the Snoezelen Sensory room and the zapline. The day’s activities will also include inflatables, music, arts and crafts, and a cookout. ASNC’s summer camp program was established in 1972 and is the nation’s oldest and largest summer camp program for individuals with autism. Last year, Camp Royall served more than 1,800 individuals with autism through its overnight camp and year-round educational and recreational programs.

Autism Awareness Month also will begin a year-long celebration to inform the public about Autism Spectrum Disorder, the needs of the autism community, and ASNC’s 45-year history. Increasing public understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder will result in earlier identification and help connect families to support programs.

For more details about World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at Camp Royall, click here.

The Autism Society of North Carolina was founded in 1970 by parents inspired to help their children with autism. Since its creation, ASNC has been a national leader for the creation of statewide supports for individuals with autism and their families. ASNC continues to improve lives today with innovative programming such as LifeLong Interventions, Employment Supports, direct-care services, and local support groups.  Further, ASNC provides credible and respected counsel on issues related to autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities at the legislature and with policy-makers. For more information, visit www.autismsociety-nc.org.

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