Tomorrow’s Voices Autism Awareness Month

March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tomorrow’s Voices Autism Centre is encouraging everyone to celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April, with a number of events and activities set to take place.

A spokesperson said, “First up, Bounce for Autism will take place on Saturday, April 6 at Police Field from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature up to 13 fun castles and water slides, bouncy races and dance competitions throughout the day that is sure to keep the whole family entertained, while also raising awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities.

“The organization’s Autism Early Intervention Centre will also host an Open House on Friday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will get a first-hand look at the world class Autism Centre and get a chance to observe cutting-edge, research-based therapies. Those interested in learning more about what the Centre has to offer will have the opportunity to find out more about the services available, volunteer opportunities, membership program and bi-monthly workshops.

“On Wednesday, April 17, the Centre will host international speaker Mr Mike Wasmer, Director of State Government Affairs for Autism Speaks. Mr Wasmer, the father of a young adult on the spectrum, will provide attendees with an impactful workshop on “Transitioning To Adulthood” for those with disabilities.

“Mr Wasmer will speak about the work and community support needed to create a successful environment for transitioning from youth to adulthood and he’ll provide his real life stories on the building blocks needed in supporting his daughter as she became a young adult. This workshop is a must attend for educators, health professionals, those whom support adults with disabilities and the community as a whole.

“On Friday, April 26, Tomorrow’s Voices is encouraging everyone to put on their craziest pair of socks to raise funds for Bermuda’s only Autism Centre. Companies, organizations, and schools can participate in Autism Rocks Socks Day by donating $5 and let their feet do the talking. Other ways to take part include creating a sock hamper. Employees or students can bring their spare change wrapped in a colourful sock to drop in the hamper.

“Tomorrow’s Voices is the only charity in Bermuda that provides 1:1 therapy based on Applied Behaviour Analysis [ABA] and for the past 11 years the organization has been using evidence-based approaches to principles of behaviour in order to meaningfully improve socially significant behaviours for children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities.”

Thea Furbert, Tomorrow’s Voices co-founder and board chairwoman, said, “April is Autism Awareness Month and while throughout the year we’re continuously raising awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities, it’s a great time to highlight the work that we are doing at Tomorrow’s Voices and celebrate how we’ve grown over the past 11 years. We encourage the entire community to come and join us to support autism awareness by taking part in these exciting events.”

“Closing out Autism Awareness Month, Tomorrow’s Voices will hold a tag day on Friday, May 3. Autism Tags It will help raise much needed funds to continue to grow the Centre and help youth with autism make meaningful progress towards educational, social and behavioural goals and objectives. Anyone interested in volunteering within the City of Hamilton and across the island for the tag day can contact aaugustus@tomorrowsvoices.bm.

“For further information about Tomorrow’s Voices, Autism Awareness Month events or to volunteer, call 297-4342 or email info@tomorrowsvoices.bm.”

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