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Support National Autism Awareness Month with local events and fun

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April is National Autism Awareness Month and there are plenty of events designed to address the unique needs of children diagnosed on the spectrum. To highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has celebrated National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s.

There are lots of events to consider in April 2014. Be sure and check websites for dates, times, and locations since they may change after publication.

  1. Moe's Southwest Grill is giving 15% of your purchase to the Autism Society, Central Virginia on April 11, 2014. Offer is good at the Moe's location in Village Shopping Center, 7011 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA.
  2. Autism Awareness at Kings Dominion is Sunday, April 13. Events include gluten free food options, quiet areas, special boarding pass program for individuals with autism and their families, and more. Visit the website for discounted tickets (use KDASCV promo code in top right corner).
  3. Caring Bunny makes an appearance at Virginia Center Commons on Sunday, April 13 from 10:30am - 12noon. Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for special needs children and their families to visit the Easter Bunny. The event will be at the Easter Set, located in the JCPenney Court and participants can enter through the Food Court entrance. This is a free event, click for tickets online.
  4. Spark Autism at VCU is Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 12pm - 4pm. Donations of baked goods, assistance with selling and help with advertising are appreciated. It's held in front of the Byrd Theater in Carytown. Contact Waleed Ilyas at 1.434.851.9789.

Whether you have a child on the autism spectrum or not, April is a good time to help spread the word about supporting families of children with autism. There are plenty of ways to get involved locally, raise awareness, and raise money to support organizations like the Autism Society of Central Virginia.

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