CDS Monarch will host their 5th Annual Autism Awareness Fair on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 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 each April. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. and has no known cure. According to the latest Centers for Disease Control data, new estimates indicate that 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum. CDS Monarch’s Annual Autism Fair aims to educate the public about autism and strengthen people’s understanding of the individuals in their community who are living on the autism spectrum.
    
“The rate of autism diagnoses has increased significantly in the past few years, and there are still many more people who are undiagnosed,” stated Sankar Sewnauth, CDS Monarch President/CEO. “Autism Awareness Month is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to really spread awareness about this disability and how it affects people’s lives. We continue to host an Autism Awareness Fair each year in order to bring the community to together to explore the resources that are available to them in our area, as well as to raise some awareness about autism.”

The evening will include a variety of family-friendly activities including therapy animals, a drum circle, a bounce house, outdoor games and more. Other activities will focus on art, music and sensory therapies. Children will be able to learn about safety and explore a fire truck from the Webster Fire Department. There will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting an addition to the playground, used by the children who attend Autism Skill Building at CDS Monarch.

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.