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March 2011

Special Issue

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Autism Awareness March

Light It Up Blue

Walk2, Walk 4


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World Autism Awareness Day this Saturday 2nd April!

We are growing more and more excited about our World Autism Awareness Day celebrations!! This Saturday's awareness march will commence at Peanut Farm Reserve, St Kilda, and will end at the Beachcomber Café. We have received overwhelming support from a huge cross-section of the community and it is great to see so many people getting involved to support us in marking this very special day. Please join us as we march with 2000 multicoloured balloons (representing the individuality of those on the spectrum) which will be released at the Beachcomber Café and followed by a sausage sizzle on the beach.
 
We are pleased to announce that the Minister for Community Services, The Honourable Mary Wooldridge, will be leading the walk. Not only is this a great day to raise awareness within the general population, but it will be an important opportunity to show the Minister that we, as a community, are looking to the State government to introduce programs and supports that will assist individuals of all ages with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We would strongly encourage as many families as possible to attend on Saturday to join in the walk and celebrate with other families and individuals with ASDs on the day, and also deliver a clear message to the Minister of the importance we place on the government supporting the Autism community.
 
Those wishing to join in the march can meet us at Peanut Farm Reserve at 10am, ready for a 10.30am departure. There is limited parking around Peanut Farm Reserve, so you may wish to park at the St Kilda Sea Baths or the car park across the road.
 
Click here to view a map with parking and transport options

Click here to download the Social Story for our World Autism Awareness Day march


World Autism Awareness Day - Light It Up Blue at Federation Square

If you can’t make it to the march perhaps you may be able to join us at Federation Square when it is lit up blue for Autism at 7.30pm and we screen a short awarenes film on Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Victoria hopes to have a display table at Federation Square manned by Autism Victoria staff, so if you come to Federation Square please do come up and say hello! 

 View our Light It Up Blue poster here
 
Please remember, this is your day and your opportunity to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders and to send a message to Government calling for greater services and supports.


Walk 2 Adelaide, Walk 4 Autism Update

Have you been following the progress of Ashley and Anika, two women who are walking from Melbourne to Adelaide for Autism Awareness? Follow their journey and read the daily blog here or on our Facebook page. Nearly there, girls - what a great effort! Anika and Ashley plan to arrive in Adelaide on Friday after 17 days, 770km, and a lot of autism awareness-raising!! 


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