April 25, 2011 – Webster, NY – CDS will hold its second annual Autism Awareness Fair on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be held at CDS’ Wolf Life Transitions Center located at 860 Hard Road in Webster, NY 14580.

The fair coincides with national ‘Autism Awareness Month’ in April.  Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. and has no known cure.  This awareness event aims to educate the public and strengthen understanding of those faced with autism in the area.

“Autism is one of the fastest growing disabilities in our country, and their are many people who are still undiagnosed,” stated Sankar Sewnauth, CDS 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.”

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’ world-class pool, as well as an appearance from Rosco the Clown.

CDS is asking that those interested in the open swim from 6-7pm please register by April 27 to ensure availability.  For more information about the event or to register please contact Sarah Eksten at 585-347-1075 or  via email  at SEksten@CDSUnistel.org.

The Autism Skill Building Program at CDS prides itself in helping children 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.

For over 30 years, CDS has been a leader in offering both quality and choice of services to people. CDS provides residential, employment, and day-habilitation services, service coordination and transition services  to 1,500 people with developmental disabilities throughout Monroe and Wayne County.   Most recently, CDS started the Warrior SALUTE program helping Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder regain their lives with clinical and vocational rehabilitation services.  To learn more about CDS visit www.cdsunistel.org.