LocationOlde City Park View map
Saturday, March 23, noon–3pm
The nonprofit Austen’s Autistic Adventures hosts its inaugural Spring Carnival at Olde City Park in Wylie, benefiting teens and adults on the autism spectrum. The purpose of the carnival is not only to raise money for the organization but also to raise awareness of the presence of adults with autism in the community.
The carnival will bring people on the spectrum, their friends, family and the community together for an afternoon of fun and inclusion. The carnival will feature a wide variety of games, prizes, food, bounce houses, autism-related services and autism-friendly products. Wristbands will be available for all-access gaming (food excluded) or individual tickets (voluntary donations).
Once people on the autism spectrum age out of the school system, they are left with very little to do. Most are unemployed or marginally employed; only about 19% of adults have any employment at all. Additionally, most parents of people with ASD are still of working age. This means that many of our “kids” are left at home alone, spending time online or with a television. Their hard-won social skills begin to decline.
Austen’s Autistic Adventures meets five days a week. For about two hours every day, the group engages in a variety of social, community-based activities: art, bowling, sports, theater, volunteering and more. By going out every day, members hone their social skills. But members are not the only ones who benefit: store owners, managers, and the public at large truly get to know people with autism and many misconceptions are corrected.
Austen’s Autistic Adventures AAA provides real world activities for those 16 and older to maintain and improve social skills. AAA is the only daily-meeting social skills group in the country! By going out frequently into our community, the public gets to truly know people on the spectrum and vice versa. As our members interact with others, real friendships are formed, family life improves and more fulfilling jobs and volunteer opportunities are possible.
For questions or comments, contact Jamie Wheeler at 214/405-7563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Justine McGee at 214/769-5156 or email Justine_mcgee@yahoo.com.