April is National Autism Awareness Month.

National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

I personally believe that we should be advocating for causes like this year round, but I love that there is one month where people may be more inclined to ask questions or show support to really get the word out.

  • The Aquarium of Boise is hosting their first Autism Family Night tonight from 6:00pm-9:00pm. The event is FREE for autistic individuals. Discounted tickets at the door for family members or caregivers/supports at $7 each. {Aquarium members are free.} The aquarium will be closed to the general public during this event. Take your time to walk through the exhibits, feed the fish or birds, pet the stingrays, or listen to a special presentation by Adam Felton, a volunteer at the aquarium who has Autism. They will also have a sensory room set up for whomever needs a quiet break.
  • Once a month, Majestic Theater shows a family and sensory friendly movie with a few key features for those with sensory disorders. The auditorium lights will be on, the sound is turned down a bit, and the audience can get up to walk around if needed. It gives parents a little more

Learn more about Autism and how you can get involved in the movement to make a difference!  www.autism-society.org.