CBS Celebrates World Autism Awareness Month

  1. Two women stand in front of puzzle piece poster for World Autism Awareness Month
  2. A young woman and two young men pack a time capsule with items in support of World Autism Awareness Month
  3. A direct support professional helps a person create artwork for World Autism Awareness Month
  4. Two woman pose for the camera in front of a backdrop of blue balloons for World Autism Awareness Month
  5. A direct support professional dances with a man in a wheelchair
  6. A direct support professional woman helps a man create artwork for World Autism Awareness Month
  7. Residents wear blue in honor or World Autism Awareness Month
  8. Poster of a tree with leaves made of puzzle pieces. Positive words are written on it for Autism Awareness

Every April, Community Based Services celebrates World Autism Awareness Month with a kick-off on the United Nations sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. This year’s theme, creating a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential aligns perfectly with the agency’s mission.

Everyone involved in the organization, from staff to the people we support work together to promote Autism Awareness Month. We wear blue and decorate the buildings with balloons, ribbons, and thought-provoking artwork. In addition, people in each program participate in thoughtful activities to bring meaning and self-empowerment to the day.

Residential Group Day Hab World Autism Awareness Poster Contest

Poster of a tree with leaves made of puzzle pieces. Positive words are written on it for Autism Awareness

Residents participating in the Group Day Hab programs throughout Westchester County hosted a reception, complete with blue cupcakes and blue raspberry punch. During the reception they created posters to raise awareness about autism, and the importance of inclusion. A team of judges have the difficult task of deciding on the winners, who will enjoy a pizza party.

Residents wear blue in honor or World Autism Awareness Month

North Salem Group Day Hab Lights it Up Blue

A direct support professional woman helps a man create artwork for World Autism Awareness Month

People in the Group Day Hab program at the CBS certified site in North Salem arrived to a room decorated with blue balloons and blue streamers. In support of World Autism Awareness Month, they spent the day working on a light bulb art project. The light bulbs, on which are printed blue puzzle shapes, will be hung in the hallways of 31 Fields Lane for all to enjoy. Dancing, lunch, and photos with friends rounded out the day.

A direct support professional dances with a man in a wheelchair

Without Walls Time Capsule for World Autism Awareness Month

A time capsule in honor of World Autism Awareness Month was created by people in the Without Walls (WOW) program at Cultivating Dreams farm.

Two women stand in front of puzzle piece poster for World Autism Awareness Month

To promote awareness and inclusion, the participants of WOW first created a poster titled after Dr. Seuss’s famous quote, “Why Fit in When You’re Born to Stand Out?” Each person wrote their thoughts about autism on a puzzle shaped piece of colored paper. The puzzle pieces were placed on the poster in interlocked fashion, indicating strength of unity.

These same puzzle pieces, along with a LoHud newspaper article dated March 31 and a CBS brochure were packed into the time capsule.

A young woman and two young men pack a time capsule with items in support of World Autism Awareness Month

The time capsule was buried by the King Crimson Maple tree planted last August in celebration of CBS’s 40th anniversary. By the tree sits a rock with a plaque inscribed with the words, “If it can be conceived, it can be created.”

Join CBS in imagining and creating a world where all people with autism and other disabilities can reach their full potential. Promote kindness and inclusion for all people.

Two woman pose for the camera in front of a backdrop of blue balloons for World Autism Awareness Month

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