April is national Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month represents an opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to individuals facing an autism diagnosis each year. Julia Hood—Sr. Director of Clinical Services at the Carmen B Pingree Autism Center of Learning shares the importance of spreading awarenss about autism.
Blue is the color for Autism and they are hosting a fundraiser where the community can show support for Autism Awareness Month this April by adding a blue extension or streak to your hair. They are also selling blue wristbands, t-shirts and hats.
You can purchase your hair extension and wrist bands at participating salons!
Get your extension or wristband for a $10 donation or 3 for $20
All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for the Pingree Center’s students.
About 15 salons participating this year.
o Amber René Salon and Spa – 907 9400 S, Sandy
o Evans Hairstyling College – 284 W 200 N, Lindon
o Forte Studio Salons – Jodi Anderson – 623 Fort Union Blvd # 208, Midvale
o Got Beauty – 904 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City
o Lunatic Fringe – 1790 1100 E, Salt Lake City
o Lunatic Fringe – 2545 E Parleys Way, Salt Lake City
o Lunatic Fringe – 1511 E 2100 S Suite B, Salt Lake City
o Lunatic Fringe – 4343 UT-224 #202, Park City
o Onyx Salon – 278 25th St, Ogden
o Pure Beauty – 8942 State St, Sandy
o Remedies Salon – 61 E 1280 N, Tooele
o Salon Shag – 1388 E Fort Union Boulevard, Cottonwood Heights
o Shear Pleasure – 287 No. Main, Tooele
o Star 21 Salon – 2151 E 2100 S, Salt Lake City
o Taylor Andrews Academy – 9052 S 1510 W, West Jordan
o Taylor D’Shaw – 388 W Winchester St, Murray
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that manifests itself during early childhood. It results from a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, affecting children and adults in many countries irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status.
1 in 58 Utah children will be diagnosed with autism (compared to the national average of 1 in 68).
Most children are diagnosed between the ages of 2-4, which is the most critical time period for developing social, behavioral and educational skills.
The earlier a child is diagnosed the more impact we can have on their future social and learning interactions.
The Pingree Autism Center programs have the capacity to serve 80 preschool children, 70 elementary, and 10 secondary aged children. Classes are small with approximately 10 children in each classroom.
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