The local agencies which serve individuals with autism don't want to just raise awareness in April. They want to celebrate what those individuals bring to the community.
On Friday night at AdLib, the College Internship Program. Glee Club showed that off. The club took to the front of the room to sing songs and play guitar. Next to them was a display and pieces of artwork created by local residents with autism - a tie in with the First Friday Art Walk program the city runs.
Many parents of children with autism are worried about taking their children to public areas. They're not sure how others will react to their child's behavior.
But the Berkshire Athenaeum wants those parents and children to know: you're welcome here. The library is launching a new story time for children with autism and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum have purchased toys specifically designed for autistic children. The program is part of a two-year grant to improve the library's work
The downtown corridor will be lit up blue this month to raise awareness of autism.
Blue lights have been placed in Park Square, at City Hall, and in windows of various businesses on North Street in part of the Hillcrest Educational Foundation's Light It Up Blue campaign. This is the second year of it and the program has grown to include a resource fair, connecting parents of autistic children with resources.