Autism Community Events–St. Louis Areas

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2014 GATEWAY TO SUMMER ADVENTURES

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Free Day Camp Experience for Children on the Autism Spectrum, Ages 8-12

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
11 N. 4th Street – St. Louis, MO 63102

Session One: June 16-19 9 am – 2 pm Session Two: August 4-7 9 am – 2 pm

These camps are designed to support a range of abilities with a staff ratio of 1:1 to ensure a fun and safe experience for everyone. Children will explore history, landmarks, and the local environment at the Gateway Arch, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Faust Park, and the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

For questions or reservations, contact Julie Northrip, Education Director, 314-655-1615.

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Are You a Monster Who Causes Divorce, Steals Kids? Happy Autism Awareness Month.

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April is supposed to be officially proclaimed “autism awareness” month. Yesterday was supposed to be an official day. The official status is largely credited to organizations like Autism Speaks, the old–guard, prominent autism–related organization whose mission it is to cure and prevent autism. I will talk more in the coming days about how that is a fallacious goal in itself and how the cure and prevent rhetoric has led to many problems for autistic individuals and families. But I want to include one of Autism Speaks’ own ads in this post so everyone can see it. As you consider celebrating this month as an autism awareness event, and as you consider giving another dollar for junk with puzzle pieces with the belief that it will benefit autistic people, please consider these words first. Do you support this attitude and how it makes autistic people and loved ones feel? Do you support how it affects the lives and futures of real people? Imagine you are an autistic person and read this PSA. Continue reading

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