Autism Aware­ness Month launches in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Autis­tic So­ci­ety of Saint Lu­cia is gear­ing up to un­der­take a host of events in April to ac­knowl­edge Autism Aware­ness month.

While April 2nd is the of­fi­cial day of aware­ness for Autism Spec­trum Disor­der (ASD), a calendar of events has been pre­pared that will run for the en­tire month.

Events in­clude a spon­sored fam­ily day at Lushan Coun­try Life Na­ture Park, a Mass in­ten­tion and a fundrais­ing mixer at the end of the month, to name a few.

One of the many high­lights of the month will be the of­fi­cial book launch of Delia Sa­muel PhD who has writ­ten a book ded­i­cated to­wards as­sist­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing par­ents of chil­dren with ASD.

The Book, Against the Odds; In­spi­ra­tion for Par­ent­ing Chil­dren with Spe­cial Needs, has been launched in the US and UK and Dr. Sa­muel comes home to share it with her is­land.

Dr. Sa­muel, along­side other par­ents and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, will be con­duct­ing sev­eral me­dia in­ter­views dur­ing her stint here in the first week of the month and will make a pub­lic ap­pear­ance at the Town Hall on Wed­nes­day 6th April to meet par­ents and other cit­i­zens who have con­cerns and ques­tions about ASD.

Dr. Sa­muel has been very proac­tive and ded­i­cated to the autism aware­ness move­ment as she also is a mother of two chil­dren with ASD. Her in­ten­tion is to con­tinue work­ing with the par­ents in Saint Lu­cia through a char­ity called the Saint Lu­cia Autism Aware­ness Project.

The char­ity will take on sev­eral ini­tia­tives to aid fam­i­lies deal­ing with ASD and cre­ate an ed­u­ca­tion aware­ness cam­paign for the Saint Lu­cian pub­lic.

One of high­lights for autism aware­ness month will be the of­fi­cial book launch of “Against the Odd” by

Delia Sa­muel PhD.

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