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Council Names April Autism Awareness Month

The Krewe is partnering with Nunez Community College to provide a STEAM family day full of fun, friends, and science stations.

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Contributed by St. Bernard Autism Awareness Krewe

The St. Bernard Autism Awareness Krewe is proud to announce that the St. Bernard Parish Council issued a proclamation to recognize the month of April as Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month on Tuesday, April 5. In recognition of April being Autism Awareness Month, the St. Bernard Autism Awareness Krewe is celebrating and providing resources to families and individuals diagnosed with autism in our community all month long. 

Now, to celebrate and help us spread acceptance, awareness, and support in the St. Bernard community for Autism Awareness Month, the Krewe will be offering autism ribbon pins to sheriff’s officers, the fire department, and other public employees.

The Krewe is providing two free family training sessions at Docville Farm this month. The first session was held on Wednesday, April 6. The second session will be held on Tuesday, April 26. This presentation will focus on visual supports at home that can be used for communication, behavior, and social interaction, and how they can be adapted for different ages and support needs. Both sessions will have presenters from LSU Health and Science Center in New Orleans. Registration information can be found on the Krewe’s website and Facebook page. 

In addition to the family training sessions, the Krewe is partnering with Nunez Community College to provide a STEAM family day full of fun, friends, and science stations. This event is open for individuals ages 5 and up. It will be held in the Kane Building at Nunez Community College on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m.-noon. Registration information can be found on the Krewe’s website and Facebook page. 

In recent months, the Krewe has been active and busy in the community. The Krewe’s recent mini-grant program and sensory toolbag distribution were tremendous successes and brought much needed tools and resources to families, teachers, and providers to assist with the daily challenges of Autism and other related conditions.  The Krewe is proud to announce that both programs will continue this year.  In addition, the Krewe continues to partner and assist in providing ongoing education and awareness to St. Bernard first responders here.  Finally, the Krewe is in the process of finalizing our annual swim lesson schedule for this summer, where we partner with local swim providers in St. Bernard Parish that have experience working with individuals with autism and related disabilities. 

The Krewe challenges everyone in our community to turn understanding of what autism is into ongoing action and support for our families. It’s a perfect time to make a difference. Let’s grow and learn together to make St. Bernard Parish an inclusive community that fosters belonging and acceptance for everyone.

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