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Second ‘Art for Autism’ exhibit opens this month


Autism Awareness Month events to be held throughout Alaska during April


ANCHORAGE — The first “Art for Autism” event last spring was so successful that the Alaska Autism Resource Center is installing the exhibit again this month in several venues in Anchorage and Fairbanks.


“We ended up having more art than we could actually display,” said Krista James, project coordinator with the Alaska Autism Resource Center. “So, this year, we are having the art shows in several different locations so we can have room for all the pieces.”


The “Art for Autism” exhibits will be displayed through the end of April to help people better understand autism spectrum disorders, and the special skills and interests of those with the disability. Autism is a type of developmental disability that is characterized by delays in communication, difficulties with social interaction, and restrictive and repetitive patterns of behaviors.


The exhibits will be displayed at Loussac Library and Dimond Center Mall in Anchorage; Indigo Tea Lounge and Midnight Sun Café in downtown Anchorage; and the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks, James said. This year’s theme is self-portraits submitted by Alaskans with autism and their families. There is no charge for admission.



In recognition of Autism Awareness Month in April, the state Autism Program is publishing information about this and other related events that raise awareness about developmental disorders on its website: http://www.autism.alaska.gov. The events are posted on a calendar at http://www.hss.state.ak.us/autism/calendar.htm.


The state Autism Program is focused on helping parents, caregivers and health care providers recognize signs of autism and other developmental delays as early as possible. About 1 out of 88 babies born in Alaska each year will develop an autism spectrum disorder, according to new estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In other words, about 11,000 Alaskans will be born this year, and an estimated 125 of them will be diagnosed with an autism disorder by age 8.


For more information or to reach the state of Alaska Autism Program, call 269-3400, or 1-800-799-7570 if calling from outside Anchorage, or visit http://www.autism.alaska.gov. Additional information also is available at www.asagoldenheart.org and www.alaskaarc.org.


More Autism Awareness Month events:  

Monthlong events:

  • Statewide: Screening of “Wretches & Jabberers,” a film about two men with autism who travel around the world to explore attitudes about autism and disability. http://www.asagoldenheart.org 
  • Statewide: Autism Awareness Java Jacket Campaign to promote the Alaska Autism Resource Center’s website. Coffee cup jackets will be available in coffee shops statewide. http://www.alaskaarc.org 
  • Fairbanks: Blue for Autism event. Blue Hair Feathers from La Bella Hair Design with $3 of each purchase donated to Autism Society of Alaska. http://www.asagoldenheart.org 
  • Anchorage: East End Tattoo. $15 of Autism Puzzle Piece Tattoo purchased will be donated to the Alaska Society of Alaska. The promotion runs through April 28. http://www.asagoldenheart.org 

 Autism awareness through arts, entertainment and parent resource groups:

  • Fairbanks: First Friday event. Friday, April 6, 5 p.m.–7 p.m., Autism Society of Alaska Office, 59 College Road. Art, refreshments, support items, vendors, etc. http://www.asagoldenheart.org.
  • Wasilla: Open house. Friday, April 6, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. LINKS Mat-Su Parent Resource Center, Alaska Autism Resource Center, and Alaska Center for Resource Families will provide materials, resources and support to families. 4931 E. Mayflower Lane, Suite 3, Wasilla. www.alaskaarc.org 
  • Fairbanks: Saturday, April 14. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Barnes and Noble Book Fair Fundraiser. www.alaskaarc.org 
  • Anchorage: Saturday, April 14. 8 p.m. Anchorage Rocks for Autism featuring six local bands. The Avenue Bar, 338 W. Fourth Ave. The concert is a benefit for the Autism Society of Alaska. http://www.anchoragerocksforautism.com.
  •  Anchorage. Friday, April 27. 6 p.m.–10 p.m. Autism Rocks Benefit Concert. Guido’s Pizza Restaurant, 549 W. International Road. This is a benefit concert for the Stone Soup Group. http://www.stonesoupgroup.org/ 

Alaska Walk for Autism  

  • Juneau: Saturday, April 28, 12 p.m.–3 p.m., Thunder Mountain High School
  • Fairbanks: Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m., Carlson Center
  • Anchorage: Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Kincaid Park

The event in Fairbanks will welcome walkers and runners. Soldotna will host a Walk for Autism later this summer. For more information, call 1-877-374-4421 or visit http://www.asagoldenheart.org/alaskawalkforautism.htm.

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