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All Motlow College campuses to host Autism Awareness event April 2

March 30, 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month, and all four Motlow College campuses will host autism-related events on Thursday, April 2, in order to educate the public on autism.

The Student Government Association, along with the offices of Disability Services, Student Services, and Student and Campus Relations; invite faculty, staff, administration, students, and the public to be active participants in the day's events, which include walks, receptions and guest speakers. Literature on autism will be available and door prizes will be given away on all campuses.

"Motlow College has joined in the national celebration and awareness campaign spotlighting autism," said Sheri Mason, assistant director for student services. "We invite each of you to join in the celebration by educating yourself and others, embracing differences, and committing to support your campus event."

The Moore County campus activity will begin at 1:30 p.m. with an awareness walk starting at the Crouch Center. Walkers will circle the campus loop road and return to Crouch for a reception in the Crouch Center lobby.

The Fayetteville Center event will begin at 3 p.m. Following the walk, Ms. Julie Miller, representative of the local Autism Society and co-founder of Coldwater Autism Awareness Ministries, will speak. A reception, sponsored by Angie's Catering, will follow and the Fayetteville campus library will feature displays on autism.

The McMinnville Center event begins at 12:30 p.m. After the walk, there will be a reception in the McMinnville Center lobby.

The Smyrna Center event will begin with a walk at 1 p.m., followed by door prizes. An information table will be available to the internal and external community.

This year marks the 50-year celebration of the Autism Society, the society that puts a face, a name, and hope to autism.

The Autism Society is the nation's leading grassroots autism organization and exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism through increased public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people with autism spectrum disorders. Additionally, the society advocates for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.