April is Autism Awareness Month, and ASK has a lot of family fun events to announce for 2017!
We’re getting ready for Autism Awareness Month early, with our Spring Open House & Wine Tasting on Friday March 24. Drop by from 5:30pm-8:30pm for an “adults only” Open House featuring the Autism Site Knoxville facility and programs.Sample great wines from ONEHOPE. Enjoy light appetizers, performances by musicians with autism, and find out about ASK’s programs and vision. A $20 donation to ASK’s programs for individuals with autism and their families is requested. Bring your friends and co-workers for a Happy Hour that gives back!
Saturday March 25, join us between 10am and noon at the ASK center for free play time and information about all of our Autism Awareness Month activities for April!
Sign up for events, buy your autism awareness tees & ribbon pins, and find out about our new event partners! We’ll have free spring-themed activities for children. In addition, if you are interested in collecting donations during Autism Awareness Month, we can help you get a campaign started at your workplace, school, neighborhood, church, or community organization!
Friday March 31, Pre-Teen Night returns at 6:30pm at the ASK center. Families with children ages 9-12 are invited to join us for an evening of games and social time.
Sunday April 2, celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with Autism Site Knoxville at Chuck E. Cheese’s first Knoxville Sensory Sensitive Sunday, a special two hours before the regular crowd comes in from 9am-11am.
Saturday April 8, join us at Regal’s My Way Matinee showing of “Boss Baby” at 10:30am at Turkey Creek. Tickets are $6.50 at the door. Lights will be left on a bit, and sound will be turned down a bit for a more sensory-friendly experience at the movies.
Friday April 14 is or monthly Family Fun Night at the ASK center. Families with children of all ages are invited to hang out with other families at the ASK center and enjoy free games, toys, books, video games, art supplies, and air hockey.
Saturday April 22 is Earth Day, and ASK’s 3rd Annual Autism Family Day at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg. Ripley’s Aquarium is opening extra early with all background music turned off from 7:30-9:00am. Families must arrive between 7:30-8:30am to get the special admission price of $7.82 per person (includes tax). Everyone will be welcome to stay as long as they like after the general public begins arriving at 9am. Sensory activities will be stationed throughout the aquarium during our visit, and a Quiet Room will be available. ASA-ETC will be providing snacks, including gluten free options. Autism Site Knoxville (ASK) volunteers will be on hand to help visitors as needed. New this year: Ripley’s has installed an awesomely enormous indoor playground. Some volunteers will be stationed inside this enclosed area to assist children as needed.
Saturday April 29, join us at the Next Steps Transition Fair at Bearden High School from 8am-3pm. This event is for anyone who wants to know more about options for older children with disabilities as they transition into adulthood, from employment to educational and housing options.
Hope you can join us for some of these exciting events. We can’t wait!