April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

Every April, the nation lights it up blue on April 2nd to kick off Autism Acceptance and Awareness Month- a month-long campaign to bring focus on the amazing individuals with autism. Kansas City has a community of people that find incredible ways to celebrate!

Kindness Matters KC  

Kindness Matters KC promotes understanding, acceptance and kindness towards those living with Autism in our community! This week, they launched a special limited edition Autism Awareness tee that promotes the importance of understanding acceptance and kindness towards those living with Autism! This exclusive design was created by our friends at #local store Flying Pig Local Mercantile. T-shirts are available in youth and adult sizes and can be purchased online and in the store as well as at We Rock the Spectrum.

Shop Farm House- Parkville and Wear Your BlUE! 

Locally-owned Parkville shop Farm House Collection will donate as much as they can to a local organization, Ella’s Hope for Autism. Their mission is to promote autism awareness and support families affected by autism spectrum disorders. As a small business Farm House Collection understands the importance of keeping money right here at home and helping other local organizations that help local families. On Friday (3/30), Saturday (3/31), and Monday (4/02) visit Farmhouse and 10% of your purchase will be donated to Ella’s Hope. If you wear BLUE you can receive 10% off your purchase or increase your donation to 20%! As always, bring a friend and get a FREE flower pot votive! With your help we can make a huge difference right here at home. So grab that blue shirt and a friend and shop this weekend!

Autism Society- The Heartland 

Join the Autism Society- the Heartland for their inaugural 5K and 1K Fun Run on April 7th, 2018. The 5K Run will begin at 8:00 at the Schlitterbahn Park and the 1K will begine shortly after.  All registered participants will recieve a t-shirt. 5K runners will receive a finishers medal and will be chip timed.

Registration, found here, runs through April 4th and volunteers are still needed. Click here for volunteer opportunities! Put your tennis shoes on and come on out to support this #local group helping individuals with autism!

Autism Awareness Day at the Kansas City Zoo!

On Sunday April 8th, the Kansas City Zoo will open their doors from 10-3 to individuals with autism who will receive free admission and admission will be reduced to $7 for caregivers. The day will feature quiet rooms, special animal presentations, sensory-friendly activities, and the We Rock on Wheels Bus!

The list goes on all month. Whether you can attend an event or not, there are many ways you can support and celebrate #local families and orgizations that are affected by autism. Seek out a family and offer support, donate to a local orginization, wear your blue on April 2nd, or just choose to be kind to all, including those with different abillities. #givelocal #kindnesmattersKC #AutismAcceptanceKC #SupportKC #PromoteKC