5 Charlotte Organizations Hosting Autism Awareness Events
Check out these local businesses and organizations showing community love for children with autism spectrum disorder.
April is Autism Awareness month. These local organizations and businesses are a few supporting families with children with autism spectrum disorder through sensory-friendly family fun and helping to raise autism awareness.
Children with autism spectrum disorder and their families are invited to a special egg hunt April 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at BB&T Ballpark. The hunt, presented by Charlotte Knights Charities in partnership with Autism Charlotte, takes place on the field. The Easter bunny will be there, plus face painting and balloon artists. autismcharlotte.org.
On April 25, various restaurants across Mecklenburg County donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County chapter. Check the website for more information and a list of participating restaurants. autismawarefare.org.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library offers sensory-friendly storytimes and adaptive experiences at the Beatties Ford Regional and Matthews branch libraries and ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center uptown. Events include literacy-related activities for children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory integration issues and developmental disabilities. Find storytime on cmlibrary.org.
The second Tuesday of each month from 2-4 p.m., Bounce U of Charlotte has a special bounce time for children with special needs and their families. bounceu.com.
Children's Theatre of Charlotte offers a sensory-friendly performance to each of its shows. Fidgets and other hand-held sensory items, such as stress balls and weighted stuffed animals kids can hold in their laps, are available. Only one-third of theater seats are sold for sensory-friendly performances, which allows room for kids to move around during the show. The sensory-friendly performance for "Go, Dog, Go" is Saturday, April 15 at 3 pm.