April is Autism Awareness Month.
The Blue Ridge Autism and Awareness Center is a non-profit center that serves around 100 students and 13 local school districts. They do intensive therapy, called Applied Behavior Analysis. They are also planning to open a new location in Lynchburg this Fall.
1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism according to the CDC. BRAAC works with families to overcome the challenges autism presents pervasively throughout all environments
These events are happening in Roanoke this weekend in celebration of Autism Awareness and in cooperation/support of the Blue Ridge Autism and Awareness Center:
-The Zumbathon for BRAAC at Fellowship Community Church. It is put on by Corinna Dunn, and is from 9:00-11:00am. You can show up and pay at the door.
-Saturday night, April 28th, Martin's Downtown will be holding the Third Annual "Rock Out For Autism" featuring a number of bands and all proceeds go to BRAAC.
-Sunday, the Star City Riders are hosting a "Ride for Autism" and all proceeds go to BRAAC. They will leave Raceway on 460 at 1:00pm, go for an hour ride and end up at BRAAC at 2:00pm for lots of fun and games, face painting for the kids, food, pictures, etc.
-Sunday at 2:00pm, Hollins University Library will be showing a video on Temple Grandin.