Rochester, N.Y. – Friday, April 27, 2016 – CDS Monarch will host their 7th Annual Autism Awareness Fair Friday, April 29 from 4:30 p.m. - 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 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 Autism Awareness Fair is an excellent opportunity not only for people to come and have fun, but also for people to learn about autism,” CDS Life Transitions President/CEO Sankar Sewnauth said. “Autism can be challenging for those affected by it and, by raising awareness, we are doing our best to help educate people about it.”

The evening will include a variety of family-friendly activities including therapy animals, pool activities, face painting, outdoor games and more. Other activities will focus on art, music and sensory therapies.

Additionally, Mary Judge, M.S., from the Institute for Innovative Transitions will be at the fair to provide educational resources, along with Autism Up, Managing Autism Together Today (MATT), among others. Jeremiah Iheoma, 12-year-old author and illustrator of My Super Life with Autism, will also be at the fair.

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.