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Autism Speaks U to host Sensory Winter Wonderland for children with autism on Dec. 4
Posted 11/21/2016 02:34PM

Misericordia University students will host an Autism Speaks U Sensory Winter Wonderland to raise awareness for Autism Speaks, North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University.

Children with autism and their families are invited to participate in many sensory oriented events, including a parachute activity and photo booth. Light refreshments also will be served. Holiday photo opportunities will also be available. All events are specifically designed for children who have sensory challenges. Student volunteers will strive to make this an opportunity that does not overwhelm any sensory sensitive participants.

Families will be able to walk around and participate at designated activity tables moderated by volunteers. Crafts such as snow globes, snowflakes, and ornaments can be made and be taken home. Shirts will also be available for purchase at the event, and there will be a donation table. All proceeds go to Autism Speaks.

Families can pre-register at http://www.misericordia.edu/autism under the Autism Speaks U tab. Admission is free. For additional details, please contact Mike Gombita at (570) 229-0086 or by email at gombitam@misericordia.edu.

Launched in 2008, Autism Speaks U is an initiative of Autism Speaks. It is designed to support college students, alumni and faculty in their awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts. Student-organized events can range from hosting a 5K run, benefit concert, eating contest, panel on autism, and more. While many of the students involved with Autism Speaks U have a personal connection to autism, others not directly affected also have joined the program to support the cause. Since its inaugural event at Penn State University in 2006, Autism Speaks U events have raised more than $1 million and student-organized Walk Now for Autism Speaks teams have brought in millions more. The Misericordia University chapter of Autism Speaks U was organized in 2015.

The College of Health Sciences at Misericordia University is home to the Autism Center, which serves as a resource for clinicians, practitioners, caregivers and students majoring in the health and medical sciences fields. It serves as a community resource, and an educational and research entity.

In addition, the Misericordia University College of Health Sciences and Education offers a post-graduate and post-credentialed online certification program in Autism Spectrum Disorders for health care providers. Launched during the fall semester, the Department of Health Sciences' academic program is designed to prepare health care professionals in the fields of nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, speech-language pathology, and more to work with clients who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

For more information about the Autism Center at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/autism

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