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Their Voice: Events past, present celebrate those with autism

By Monica Villar - Special to the Daily Herald | Apr 24, 2022

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Monica Villar

Before we end the month of April, a month designated as Autism Awareness Month, I wanted to share some information about a research project taking place at BYU.

The study is focused on preschool-aged children diagnosed in the autism spectrum. They are asking for mothers of children between the ages of 2-5 years of age to participate in an autism research study. The mothers are required to be available for live virtual meetings on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Depending on the participation category the study may include parent participation in up to 8 online teaching workshops, assessments and shared reading of provided books. Parents can earn a $25 gift card upon completion.

If you are interested in participating, go to the website https://autismbehaviorlab.byu.edu/current-research to see if you qualify. For any more information, contact Blake Hansen at 801-422-4691.

Speaking of autism, as we wind down from the events, I wanted to give a personal thank you to all of the members of the Autism Resources of Utah County Council (ARUCC) for the very successful 10th Annual Uplifting Celebration on April 16.

According to Laurie Bowen, associate director of the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at UVU, there were over 900 people in attendance with over 33 organizations providing food, games and other activities. The group of volunteers this year included many young adults who were on the spectrum.

As a participating sponsor, we provided a table for people to create greeting cards to send to the children in Ukraine. The cards were beautifully done and contained very heartfelt messages of hope, peace and love. It was touching to realize how many individuals in the autism community wanted to do something to send their well wishes. The 53 cards that were made are being sent over to Ukraine with the help of Orem City Police Chief Josh Adams, who recently returned from a humanitarian trip there that he organized with his good friend Jared Turner.

Thanks to all of the ARUCC and all of the organizations who worked so hard to make this day a success.

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