April 2 was the sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day. In tribute, blue lights burned brightly on the top of the Empire State Building in honor of individuals and families touched by autism.
The Autism Society has celebrated National Autism Awareness since the 1970s and the United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.
Autism prevalence is now affecting at least one in every 88 children in America, but other studies suggest that the number is as high as one in 50.
According to Linda Jones, founder of FUN (Families United in Newtown), a parent support group partnering with local high school honor society students, Newtown residents can show support for people with autism by wearing an Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon. The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world.
Other branded items and fashions will be handcrafted by local special needs students and participating Newtown High School National Honors Society students, with purchases helping to support FUN.
Recreation programming in memory of Tyler Jones will be happening during the next FUN meeting, scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 4 to 6 pm, at The Church of Latter-Day Saints, 16 Saw Mill Road.
To celebrate Autism Awareness Month look for the FUN “Solve the Puzzle” banner at Newtown Municipal Center building at Fairfield Hills throughout April.
Puzzle Piece items will be available for sale starting the second week of April, and an Autism Concert Benefit is scheduled for April 27 at 7:30 pm,location to be announced.
For more information, contact Ms Jones at 203-270-7684.