Spectrum Academy is an autism-centered charter school, with campuses in North Salt Lake and Pleasant Grove. Now it’s launching a social media campaign to visually highlight the personal connections people have with autism. The campaign, #connectedtothespectrum, is timed to coincide with National Autism Awareness Month which has been celebrated in April since the 1970s.
“Whether it’s a child, grandchild, aunt, nephew, neighbor or best friend, we want people to share a vibrant image of their personal connection to someone on the autism spectrum,” said Brad Nelson, director of development at Spectrum Academy. “We see this social media campaign as an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands dealing with the autism diagnosis.”
The public is encouraged to share an image on social media with their connection to someone on the autism spectrum and tag Spectrum Academy (@spectrum_charter) with the hashtag #connectedtothespectrum. In addition to the social media campaign, Spectrum Academy will host its annual school fund-raising gala on April 23, 2015, at The Leonardo, with a live auction, catered dinner by Brio Tuscan Grille and special performance by renowned violinist Jenny Oaks Baker. The charitable event will provide immediate and direct assistance to children with autism by providing much needed funding for the necessary tools and support at the school, such as technology in every classroom, implementation of the school’s school-to-work program and play areas for the school’s functional skills classes.
For more information, visit the school’s website at spectrumcharter.org.