World Autism Awareness Day!


The twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2019.

Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.

There are some wonderful events right here in our local NH area in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

The Greengard Center for Autism seeks to provide unique, lifelong opportunities for individuals with autism while offering their families a sense of security. Located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Center provides Day Programs, as well as Outreach & Transition Programs for adults and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

On April 13th they are hosting a wonderful evening of music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a multi-sensory exploration of artwork by local artists, with pieces illuminated and enhanced by complementary scents, tastes and sounds in celebration of Autism Awareness Month.

The Children’s Museum of NH in Dover, NH offers Exploring Our Way sessions for children with autism and their families the first Sunday of every month from 10:00AM-12:00PM.  On Sunday April 7th, music therapist Jordan Elias from the Sonatina Center in Dover will answer questions about the benefits of music therapy for children on the autism spectrum and demonstrate a music therapy session for all to participate in.

The Birch Tree Center is an organization located in Newington, NH whose mission is to promote independence, engaging relationships, and productive lives for children and youth with autism at home, at school, and in the community.  During the month of April teams of Birchtree students and staff are trying daily challenges to improve their health and wellness. It’s the perfect way to commemorate Autism Awareness Month!

Cinemagic Theatres throughout NH and MA offer Sensory & Family Friendly Showings of current movies for individuals living with autism to enjoy their movie going experience in a safe and accepting environment.  Auditorium lights are turned slightly up and sound is turned slightly down.  Additionally, audience member are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

Check out these additional links for more information and events related to autism awareness.