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Autism Awareness at CIP Amherst

Amherst Autism Awareness Month

April celebrates Autism Awareness month, and it is always a special time for the students and staff at CIP Amherst. The planning of Autism Awareness events begins months in advance as we strive to add new activities to the familiar standards the students enjoy. This year our students and staff participated in various events throughout the month to spread awareness and understanding of autism.

Light It Up Blue traditionally kicks off our center’s festivities, and each year our students look forward to decorating our center with blue lights and balloons to celebrate the lives of people with autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day. This year was no exception, and the students enjoyed themselves by taking some silly photos while showing their support for the cause.

On April 5, Judy Gerich, our Admissions Coordinator, teamed with Jocelyn Weaver, school psychologist at the Park School of Buffalo, and presented a faculty in-service training titled Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum to their teachers in grades K-12. The Park School is an independent school in our area that embraces neurodiversity. The following week, Amherst students and staff came together to support and celebrate Autism Awareness in our center, culminating in our annual Team CIP group photo in our matching autism awareness T-shirts.

Amherst Autism Awareness Month
Amherst Autism Awareness Month
Amherst Autism Awareness Month

Additionally, earlier in the spring one of our students, Lindsay, was asked to be a guest speaker for a graduate-level Social Work class at Daemen College. The class was learning about Autism and how to help and provide services for those on the Spectrum.  Lindsay willingly offered her insights and spoke candidly about her experiences from her Aspergian perspective.  She shared her witty and thoughtful views on her early school experiences, social interactions, relationships, dealing with sensory sensitivities as well as what has been helpful and not so helpful along the way.  The students and instructor easily engaged with Lindsay, listening and asking questions to help them understand more about assisting those on the Autism Spectrum.

This has been a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.