An Autism Awareness Event is planned at the Cedar Grove Public Library for Wed., April 13, at 7 p.m. The R.E.A.L.I.S.E. (Realizing Excellence for Alternative Learners In Special Education) group of Cedar Grove along with the Cedar Grove Public Library are hosting the event.
The Autism Awareness Event will include a performance by Cedar Grove High School’s a cappella group; a screening of the HBO documentary, “How to Dance in Ohio,” a film that highlights a group of adolescents with autism as they face their social challenges in preparation for a dance. The event is free and is open to all adults and adolescents who are interested in learning more about autism.
Professional development certificates are available for attending the event.
The latest data from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) shows that one out of every 68 children is on the autism spectrum nationwide. New Jersey’s numbers are higher than the national average. In fact, NJ’s numbers are the highest in the country, with one in 45 children on the autism spectrum. The goal of the Autism Awareness initiative is to educate the population on the signs of autism to promote early intervention, and to foster understanding and acceptance.