April 10, 2014

April is for Autism Awareness

While the month of April may be best know for bringing May flowers; it also has the important title of National Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month, which has been recognized since the 1970’s, aims to shed light on the developmental disability and allow more people to learn about autism and problems within the community. The month is celebrated in many different ways, from Presidential declarations, to online events and activities, to local events that are sponsored by affiliates.

There are plenty of fun and easy ways to get involved with this cause. Something as simple as putting the National Autism Awareness Month ribbon on your Facebook page or Twitter can help raise awareness for the cause. The colorful puzzle piece ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community. One in every 88 children in America has autism, and wearing the ribbon not only shows support, but can also help to educate others on the disability. Many affiliates of the Autism society also hold their own fun and exciting events in their own communities to help get involved, such as special movie nights.

The Brewer-Lloyd Insurance Group would like to invite you to get involved in the Mesa, Arizona area through the “Sensory Friendly Films” program, put on by AMC theaters. This program allows autistic individuals, and anyone else who would like to join, to enjoy a movie in a friendly and welcoming environment. Audience members are welcome to sing, dance, walk, or shout along with the movie without having to worry about disturbing others. Most showings are Saturdays at 10 a.m.

The participating theaters in the area include:

AMC Mesa Grand 24

1645 S. Stapley Dr., Mesa, Arizona

AMC Arizona Center 24

565 North 3rd St. Phoenix, Arizona

AMC Deer Valley 30

3033 W. Agua Fria Fwy., Phoenix, Arizona

Foothills 15

7401 La Cholla Blvd. Ste. 144, Tucson, Arizona