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.


March For Babies Moved To Sunday Due To Weather

Hundreds of people will be at Tennessee Riverpark Sunday at noon to take part in the city-wide Chattanooga March for Babies.  The free event will feature many family oriented activities and is expected to be the largest in history. The Chattanooga March for Babies brings together families, companies and volunteers all raising money so that babies are born happy and healthy. ... (click for more)

Fulmer Urges Rotarians To Join Effort To Fight Alzheimer’s, Sign Up For Pat Summitt Invitational

When Alzheimer's disease struck Nanlee Fulmer, her son -- Tennessee football legend Phil Fulmer – decided to fight back.   His goal, he told Chattanooga Rotary members  Thursday , is to help eradicate the disease that attacked his mother.   Toward that end, he urged Rotarians to sign up for the Pat Summit Invitational golf tournament ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke Announces Plan To Provide High-Speed Internet At A Discount Price To Those With Low Incomes

Mayor Andy Berke, in his annual State of the City Address, on Monday announced the creation of the Netbridge Student Discount program. In the partnership with EPB, he said any family of a child eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch in schools can receive 100 megabits per second Internet at a cost of $26.99 per month." Mayor Berke said, "Think about it. Our low income families ... (click for more)

DA Tells Dalton Jury Cell Phone Of Skyy Mims Was Found At Murder Scene

District Attorney Bert Poston told a jury in Dalton on Monday that the cell phone of Skyy Mims was found at the scene of the murder of convenience store clerk DK Chaudhari. He said Ms. Mims carried out the robbery in order to get Lotto tickets that she hoped would bring her money to finance her budding musical career. He said she took 80 "$500 A Week For Life" tickets. The ... (click for more)

The Heart Of A Teacher Makes A Difference - And Response (2)

In less than four weeks, I expect to be one of 216 graduating seniors from East Hamilton School. One could say all possible variables help a student rise to the highest levels in school; but a student is more than his environment or genetic code. He is a mixture of his own propensity and dedication to academics, coupled with a systemic team of mentors who give their all as a student’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The P.S. To A Sad Story

Back in the days when we were determined that the Chattanooga News-Free Press would have the best sports section in the country, I was traveling a whole lot. For example, back then I would be leaving today or tomorrow for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, this after hardly recovering from a week spent at The Masters. And, as it happens with those who are constantly in search for tomorrow’s ... (click for more)