Businesses around the Las Vegas valley are honoring National Autism Month with special performances and events.
Autism Speaks invites you to join their fundraiser event at the Sammy's Woodfire Pizza at 1501 North Green Valley Parkway on April 6. If you are unable to attend, please send your donation to Gil Cox at 363 Bradford Drive, Henderson, NV 89074 made payable to Autism Speaks. All monies will be given directly to Autism Speaks at end of the evening.
In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Bound at The Cromwell is mixing up a drink to support the worthy cause. The electric blue concoction is aptly named “Light It Up Blue” ($12) and is made with Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Blue Curacao, lemon juice, passion fruit syrup and topped with prosecco. Ten percent of proceeds from purchases of the drink go to Autism Speaks through the month of April.
DISCOVERY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum launched a special exhibit, the Sensory Tunnel Experience by Neuro-fit Systems, open at the museum now through April 30. The 10-foot tunnel is designed to light up the senses with a barrage of visual, auditory and proprioceptive input. The walk is meant to illustrate the gifts and challenges experienced by those on the autism spectrum.
GRANT A GIFT AUTISM FOUNDATION
To honor the month of awareness and giving, autism awareness supporters are encouraged to grab friends, family, and sneakers for Grant A Gift Autism Foundation’s 9th Annual 5K Race for Hope and Fun Walk on April 28 at “The Green” at Town Square.
Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the runs and walk beginning at 8 a.m.
Bringing the beloved stories and characters to life for families and fans of all ages through innovative art products and experiences, Magical Memories featuring Disney Fine Art [t.e2ma.net]is hosting free, special artist events at the gallery. Live painting, free art classes for all ages and skill levels, book signings, meet and greets and more with many of the most popular and prolific Disney fine artists are planned for the coming weeks.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts will present its first-ever sensory-friendly performances designed to accommodate individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other sensitivities. With tickets only $10, community members of all ages are encouraged to attend these performances.
Restaurant and nightlife company TAO Group and TAO Cares announce its mission for World Autism Awareness Month for the third consecutive year. TAO establishments will raise money through sales of special “blue-themed” food and drink items in honor of the official color for Autism awareness. TAO Group will be contributing 10% of the proceeds of each “blue-themed” item to Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, Eden II Programs, a school program offering a center-based full-day program for people with autism/PDD, and additional World Autism Awareness initiatives.
VEGAS PBS SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCE LIBRARY
The Vegas PBS Special Needs Resource Library provides FREE educational resources for children with special needs and their parents, caregivers, teachers, and providers, as well as adults and their families who need adaptive resources to continue to thrive.
This Autism Awareness Month, in addition to TV programs on the topic, they will especially want to highlight the books, DVDs and educational resources in our library that address feelings and emotions, language development, listening and social skills.