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We Promote Education, Autism Awareness and Support for Families Living with Autism.

AWS Foundation Special Abilities Day

On March 19, Special Abilities Day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The building will be closed to the general public on this day. In order to best serve the needs of our visitors that day, we will make the following modifications to our exhibits and programming:

  • Lower ambient sound levels
  • Increased light in areas that are usually dark
  • Access to listening devices
  • Less crowded environment
  • Extra staff on hand
  • Additional demonstrations with extra tactile stimulation
  • Access to a private changing table
  • Access to a quiet room

Can’t make it on Tuesday? You’ll still have plenty of other chances this year to visit Science Central on Special Abilities Day:

  • Tuesday, April 16: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
  • Sunday, June 23: 12 – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 17: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.*
  • Saturday, Nov. 9: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.*

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  • 2018 Autism Rates (1 in 59) 1.69% 1.69%

About 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Source – Center for Disease Control

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10 Facts about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  1. ASD affects about 1 in 68 children in the United States, with more children identified than ever before.I know the signs of healthy child development.
  2. ASD is about 4 times more likely in boys than girls.
  3. ASD affects children of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
  4. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that every child with ASD has different skills, challenges, and needs.
  5. While do not know all of the causes of ASD, we have learned that there are likely many contributing factors, including genes, early brain development, and the environment.
  6. ASD can be reliably diagnosed by age 2, but children may be diagnosed at earlier ages.
  7. Early identification of ASD helps children get the services they need.
  8. There is no “cure” for ASD, but there are several interventions that can help children learn important skills that improve everyday life.
  9. Typically, the earlier children are diagnosed and receive services, the better their outcomes are.
  10. Children with ASD can learn and succeed in the classroom and beyond. Like every child, with the help of their families, providers, doctors, specialists, and communities, kids with ASD can thrive.

To learn more about ASD and other developmental disabilities, visit Learn the Signs. Act Early, Autism Now, or NICHCY.

We’d like to thank Sweetwater for their continued support!