Thursday, April 15, 2004
Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month and the Autism Society of Delaware (ASD) is planning to raise awareness throughout the state. Scores of generous volunteers will be spreading the word through a variety of activities and events.
  • Library Awareness: Volunteers throughout the state will be setting up displays to raise autism awareness at their local libraries. We will be reaching 22 libraries statewide plus various community centers and churches.
  • Awareness Day in Sussex County: Friday, April 23, 1-2 p.m., Savannah Road Annex (formerly Lewes Middle School), 820 Savannah Rd., Lewes Special Guest Jennifer Sheehy from the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, will address the Reauthorization of IDEA, the President’s New Freedom Initiative, and Employment of Persons with Disabilities. Call 302-645-7210 for more information.
  • ‘Smart Cookie Day,’ Wednesday, April 28, at 4 p.m., Legislative Hall, Dover. Students from the Delaware Autism Program will bake and present local legislators with homemade cookies.
Figures from the U.S. Department of Education’s 2002 Report to Congress reveal the number of students with autism in America's schools jumped 1,354 percent from the school year 1991-92 to 2000-01. Raising awareness of autism, to increase understanding and acceptance, will make a difference in the lives of all those dealing with this devastating disorder.