The public is invited to Eastern Illinois University’s Autism Awareness Day to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders that effect 1 in every 68 children.
Families are invited to attend EIU’s softball team’s doubleheader and children activities from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Williams Field on EIU’s campus. Activities include a bouncy house, face-painting, arts and crafts and relay races.
The games will start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. that day. In case of inclement weather, the activities will be relocated to McAfee Gymnasium.
April is National Autism Awareness Month, which brings awareness to autism spectrum disorders, a group of complex disorders of brain development characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
These developmental disorders have major impacts on families throughout the world. EIU’s Autism Center seeks to alleviate the impact by offering resources and services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families within east central Illinois.
EIU’s Autism Center and Women’s Softball Team co-sponsored the awareness day.