Chattanooga To Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day On April 2

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Whether the autism prevalence rate is one in 88 U.S. children or one in 50 as a Center for Disease Control and Prevention study indicates, the most important issues on the minds of five Chattanooga organizations are raising awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and how best to support individuals living with ASD and their families in the region.  

In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, Chattanooga Mayor-elect Andy Berke, as well as staff, faculty, children, adults and families from Autism & Behavior Services, Chattanooga Autism Center, Orange Grove Center, Signal Centers and Siskin Children’s Institute will gather for a community-wide commemoration at Miller Plaza’s Waterhouse Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2. Members of the autism community and the general public are invited.

In addition to remarks from the mayor and mayor-elect, there will be brief comments touching on general autism information and awareness, education, employment, housing and public policy. Highlighting this impactful event will be a short speech from Angela Bouch, a Chattanoogan living with ASD, an interpretive dance performance, and a vocal performance from an individual on the spectrum. At the close of the event, the Waterhouse Pavilion will be illuminated as part of the worldwide Light It Up Blue campaign forged by Autism Speaks.

World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) was adopted in 1989 and is a United Nations-sanctioned observance. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue. The Waterhouse Pavilion will remain washed in blue light through the night on April 2 and will be a powerful visual reminder for our community about WAAD.

All attendees are invited to come dressed in blue to draw attention to this important issue of autism awareness.


Morning Pointe Foundation Partners With YMCA In Dementia Training

The Morning Pointe Foundation hosted an educational training through its REC-FAST aging care partnership with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga. More than 70 personal trainers, program experts, customer service representatives and leadership from five area YMCAs attended the training in Chattanooga. The foundation established the REC-FAST partnership with a mission to lead ... (click for more)

Erlanger Receives Unanimous Approval From State For Expanded NICU Services

Erlanger Health System received unanimous approval on Wednesday from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency for a Certificate of Need (CON) application to expand neonatal intensive care services at both Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, at the main downtown campus, and at Erlanger East Hospital on Gunbarrel Road. The CON approval allows for the establishment of ... (click for more)

Woman, 26, Who Was Set To Testify In Murder Trial, Is Shot And Killed On Elder Street

A 26-year-old woman who was set to testify in an upcoming murder trial was shot multiple times and killed on Wednesday morning. Chattanooga Police responded to the 2100 block of Elder Street on a report of a dead person on the side of the road near Old Ringgold Road and Westside Drive. Police located Bianca Horton.  P olice established a crime scene.  Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Attorney For Bobby Stone Hits Berke, Fletcher For Commenting On Pending Case

The attorney for Bobby Stone on Wednesday said it was "fundamentally wrong" for Mayor Andy Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher to comment on the case in which Mr. Stone is charged with domestic assault against his wife, Berke advisor Lacie Stone. Attorney Lee Davis said the comments were unfair and "a disservice to the court." Mayor Berke denied any inappropriate contact ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other? - And Response

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson * * *  I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Christian Schools Bully, Too

Earlier this week, after I shared a story about bullying written by a very brave mother, it opened a floodgate of emails from parents and students who have been forced to endure such madness in our elementary, junior and senior high schools. Discipline is the No. 1 problem in our schools. Because of it, or because of a lack of it, no wonder our children cannot achieve all that ... (click for more)