April is Autism Awareness Month

Three events to support families and individuals affected by autism in our community.

Post Date:04/11/2017 10:04 AM

April is Autism Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Throughout the month, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, The Chapel Hill Public Library, The Kidzu Children's Museum, and the Orange/Chatham Chapter of The Autism Society of North Carolina have several programs to support families and individuals affected by autism in our state.

There are three events to note – 

Push, Play Spring Free Concert
7-8 p.m. Friday, April 14
Chapel Hill Community Center
120 S. Estes Drive
Chapel Hill NC, 27514

Music is truly a universal language when Push Play Sing is in the house! Musicians Max Puhala and Berk Ozturk provide hands-on musical enrichment, engagement and expression in the form of participatory music workshops for people with developmental disabilities.

How to Dance in Ohio
2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 15
Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

A free showing of the movie How to Dance in Ohio, followed by discussion and reception. RSVP to ASNCOC@gmail.com and indicate how many people you are bringing.  Open to anyone with an interest in learning more about youth and Autism.

Sensory Friendly Playtime at Kidzu Children’s Museum
5:30–7 p.m. Thursday, April 27
This activity is open to children with any disability age 0-8 and their siblings.

Kidzu Children’s Museum
201 Estes Drive
University Place

Register Here
Hurry and register as this activity will fill up. Siblings are welcome too, but must be registered.

Special Play time open to children with any kind of disability or special need.  Designed so families can enjoy the hands-on exhibit spaces without the extra stimulation found during the busy open hours.    

Cosponsored by the Adapted Recreation and Inclusion program of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, Autism Society of North Carolina: Orange/Chatham Chapter and Kidzu Children’s Museum.


Autism Spectrum Disorder is a growing concern in the United States, as evidenced by updated prevalence rates released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New data from 11 states showed that 1 in 68 children had ASD, a 30 percent increase since a 2012 report, when it was 1 in 88.

In North Carolina, which was one of the 11 states monitored through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, the prevalence rate is 1 in 58 children. This is an increase of 17 percent from the 2012 report.

Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation enjoys and encourages the participation of all people in its programs and events.

For more information on Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation programs specially designed for people with developmental disabilities, see Specialized Recreation .

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