Autism Awareness Month in April


By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER - lswartzwalder@civitasmedia.com



CLEAR FORK VALLEY — A number of events to heighten everyone’s awareness of autism will be held in April.

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month and a number of businesses in the area are having special events. Residents are also being asked for donations which can be left in designated containers. Debbie Melching, an organizer of the Autism Awareness Walk-a-Thon, said autism affects “more and more families” and touches the community as a whole.

The 7th Annual Penny/Donation drive is asking businesses to sign up to host a donation container. These can be used by businesses, churches, and sports teams, Melching said. Groups interested in having a container may call Debbie at 419-589-8762, or email her at aawdeb@yahoo.com

A “haircuts for autism” event will be April 2 at the LexCharm hair fashions at 305 E. Main St., Lexington. The event will be from noon until 4 p.m. The salon will accept walk-ins or give people appointments. The hair cuts will be given by donation, if the participant specifies the proceeds should go to the autism campaign. At this event, chair massages will be available.

There will be a 4th annual “sensory friendly Easter bunny” event April 9 at Richland Mall, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is a special time reserved for children with autism. The area will have “sensory friendly” lower lighting and quieter surroundings to aid the children. Crafts and snacks will be offered.

The event is sponsored by Richland Mall and the Autism Awareness Walk-a Thon.

An event will be offered at the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum April 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. The museum, at 44 W. Fourth St., Mansfield, requests that people RSVP for the event by April 12. Admission is free to this event.

A spaghetti dinner for autism will be April 22 at VFW Post 3494, 853 Ashland Road., from 4 to 7 p.m. The cost for this dinner is $7 per person, and $4 for children six and under. Take out is available.

All proceeds from this event benefit local families who have a loved one with autism.

There will be a 50/50 raffle at this event.

Contact information for all these events can go to Melching at the phone number and email address provided.

By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@civitasmedia.com