Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. and has no known cure. To spread awareness and gain acceptance, the United States recognizes April as a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. 

CDS Monarch not only recognizes autism in April, but every day. Our Autism Skill Building program offers both support and peer interaction to those individuals on The Spectrum. 
This Skill Building program prides itself on helping children, ages six to sixteen, to increase overall social skills, teach individuals how to handle emotions, cope with stress and develop self monitoring techniques through guided play, role playing, games, field trips, and physical activities in a safe and caring environment. The program runs Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30pm from September to June, and from 2:30 to 4:30pm throughout July and August. For more information about this program, contact Sarah Brasse, Autism Skill Building Coordinator, at (585) 347-1075.

To dedicate a day to Autism Awareness Month, CDS Monarch is hosting its fourth annual Autism Awareness Fair on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Wolf Life Transitions Center (860 Hard Road, Webster, NY). This free event is open to the public and aims to educate the public and strengthen understanding of those faced with autism in the area.

The evening will include activities for everyone in the family including face painting, therapy animals, yoga and a bounce house. Other activities will focus on art, music and sensory therapies. There will be a supervised open-swim in CDS Monarch's world-class therapy pool, as well as an appearance from a local clown and a juggler, who has Autism himself. Children will be able to learn about safety and explore a fire truck from the Webster Fire Department and an ambulance from the Webster Ambulance. There will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Autism Skill Building program.

"Autism is one of the fastest growing disabilities in our country, and there are many people who are still undiagnosed," stated Sankar Sewnauth, CDS Monarch President/CEO. "We hope to raise awareness and educate the public on the programs and services offered in Monroe County for children and teens with Autism. The Autism Awareness Fair brings together community members and families impacted by Autism, in order to learn more about this disorder and the supports that are available to them."
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