CDS Monarch is hosting its fourth annual Autism Awareness Fair on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This free event is open to the public and will be held at the 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 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.”


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.


The Autism Skill Building Program at CDS Monarch 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.