Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, CPW, will celebrate April being National Autism Awareness Month. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children, making it the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S. Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls. New findings are discovered monthly through research in the field of autism spectrum disorders, studies in early symptoms of autism, the link between autism and vaccines, as well as diagnosis of autism.
CPW serves many children and young adults with autism and offers special programming for them and their families. Its Saturday Explorers Program provides many opportunities that benefit attendees such as increased socialization through structured play, helping increase learning through one-on-one interaction with a staff person, and increasing attention spans by changing activities often to keep the attendees interested and learning. The program also incorporates CPW’s Lekotek Program which provides a way to learn during play sessions that are facilitated in an environment that promotes interactive play among family members.
CPW’s fifth annual Autism Awareness Walk will be on Friday, April 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the United Preschool located in White Plains. A Pieces of Hope Tree will also be created piece by piece based on the pieces people purchase. Custom designed by CPW’s students, this tree will raise awareness for all children and young adults who benefit from CPW’s autism services.
For over 65 years, CPW has been the leading nonprofit organization in Westchester County, providing essential services to children and adults with all developmental disabilities including autism, neurological impairments, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. It has always been its purpose to help people realize their goals, build brighter futures, and lead more independent lives as members of their community.
For more information about our programs please contact Joan Colangelo, director of development, at 937-3800 ext. 215 or Joan.Colangelo@cpwestchester.org.