Autism Awareness Month sparks opportunities, activities

Published on Monday, April 8, 2013

Autism AwarenessAutism Family Night

Families affected with autism can feel comfortable and enjoy a relaxed family dinner out at TGI Fridays during the seventh annual Autism Family Night on April 23, 2013.  This year’s event, created by Alexandra Abend, a Duke University graduate and member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, is taking place at TGI Fridays in New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina and parts of Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia.  

As a high school junior, Alexandra felt compelled to create Autism Family Night as part of an action project when her own family was out at a restaurant and her little brother Mikey, who has autism, had an episode. The family decided to leave because of the negative attention from other diners, who did not understand the circumstances.  Read Alex’s story

This event is a designated night for families affected with autism to come together and enjoy a relaxed family dinner without feeling stigmatized or embarrassed. In an effort to make the night more enjoyable for the families, Kappa Alpha Theta will distribute information to all participating TGI Fridays staff explaining autism and some associated symptoms.

Families affected with autism can bring this flier to any participating TGI Fridays locations on April 23 and experience a dinner that is hopefully more enjoyable than a typical meal out.

Visit Autism Family Night on Facebook, or follow @AutismFamNight on Twitter for more information, or email

Autism resources

To support professionals and parents committed to helping children with autism thrive, Brookes Publishing Co. is offering a 15% discount on materials ordered throughout Autism Awareness Month. Brookes, a leading publisher of resources that support positive outcomes for people with autism, is also offering free resources for teachers. Visit the Brookes Autism Resource Center for a collection of tips, tools, and activities you can take away, such as quick-and-easy pointers that will help you meet specific goals for your students with autism.

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