Local events planned for Autism Awareness
On April 2, the bridges across the arkansas river will be lit blue from dusk until dawn — not in honor of April showers but to increase autism awareness.
As part of World Autism Awareness Day and April’s designation as Autism Awareness Month, the Main Street, Junction and Clinton Presidential Park bridges’ Entergy River Lights will be lit blue in honor of the cause. In addition to the all-night lighting, a World Autism Awareness event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at First Security Amphitheater to celebrate the lighting.
The bridge lightings aren’t the only central Arkansas events planned to champion the cause. On April 5, Little Rock families are invited to “Jump for Autism Research” from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at west Little Rock’s Altitude Trampoline Park. For each pass sold to customers who mention they are supporting autism, $2.75 will be donated to the advocacy organization Autism Speaks, which funds research and organizes awareness events for autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Speaks is also the national organizer behind the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event that is scheduled for this fall in Little Rock. The walk takes place Oct. 18 at the Clinton Presidential Center.
For more information on Autism Awareness Month and local events, check out facebook.com/arwnfas.