Children’s Specialized Hospital Presents ‘Chalk My Autism’ – Everyone, Anywhere Can Participate

May 28, 2014

April is autism awareness month and Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Jersey’s leading provider of autism services, research and education, is asking you to “Chalk My Autism.” 

Anyone, anywhere can “Chalk My Autism” throughout the month of April to get creative through expressive art - using chalk on black construction paper, sidewalks, or even a classroom blackboard, to express their connection with autism and have fun. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to participate, whether you have autism, have a sibling, child, friend or neighbor.
 
Participating is fun with three easy steps in this month long event. First, express your message with chalk – remember on any surface: sidewalks, chalkboard, or black paper. Next, take a picture to share your art with Children’s Specialized Hospital. Finally, send pictures to chalkmyautism@childrens-specialized.org.  Artwork sent in will be displayed throughout the month via Facebook and Twitter as well as shared at the “Chalk My Autism” event.
 
Join families, friends, neighbors, and community members at a special celebration on April 11 at Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Mountainside location from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. located at 150 New Providence Road in the cafeteria. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come, have fun and learn about autism. There will be snacks, prizes and live music from “The Neighbors.” New Jersey has the highest autism rate in the country and Children’s Specialized Hospital is leading the fight for early diagnosis, education, treatment, research and community integration. “Chalk My Autism” is one way to get all community members involved in using artistic expression to bring more awareness about autism.   
 
Children’s Specialized Hospital is hosting additional autism awareness events in April including “Light It Up Blue” where Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside will glow in blue lights all of April. Additionally, Children’s Specialized Hospital staff and families from all sites will participate in, “Blow Bubbles for Autism” on April 2 and Children’s Specialized Hospital will host an autism symposium on May 30 at the Pines Manor in Edison.
 
For more information or any questions about “Chalk My Autism” call, 888-CHILDREN ext. 5343 or email Adrienne Robertiello at ARobertiello@childrens-specialized.org.
 
The “Chalk my Autism” is a family-centered autism event has been made possible through donations in memory of Dolores and Joseph Fabiano.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals. 

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