Autism Awareness Highlighted at ‘Messy Morning’




CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 27, 2013 – In observance of Autism Awareness Month, a room dedicated to Autism awareness with activities and information from several Autism related organizations will be available at the southeast Missouri “Messy Morning” planned for April 6 at the Show Me Center.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We invite the community to come and enjoy this wonderful event organized by volunteers from ‘Messy Morning 2013’ and stop by to visit the Autism Awareness room where we will have paints, stickers, chalk spinners and information to share,” said Connie Hebert, director of the Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment.

A Southeast Missouri Autism Awareness group comprised of various agencies and organizations who provide support and direct services to families and individuals experiencing Autism will be on hand with information. Members of the group represent Southeast Missouri State University’s Autism Center, TouchPoint Autism Services, SADI-GAPS, Bureau of Special Health Care Needs, Sikeston and Poplar Bluff Regional Offices-Department of Mental Health, Bootheel Pediatric Therapy and Southeast Missouri Autism Project Parent Advisory Committee (SE PAC).

The group meets monthly at the Autism Center, the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:30a.m., before the monthly SE PAC meeting at 11a.m. This group meets to discuss ways to disseminate information regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as share resources for improving services and increasing access to services for families in the southeast region of Missouri.

Orders for Autism Awareness T-shirts are being accepted through Bootheel Pediatric Therapy with funds going to support Autism awareness activities in the southeast region of Missouri. Interested persons may call any of the organizations represented in the group to learn more about the group and obtain an order form for T-shirts. Individuals may also call the University Autism Center at (573) 986-4985.