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April 4, 2019

Adelphi Celebrates National Autism Awareness Month

Adelphi University is taking part in National Autism Awareness Month, April’s nationwide promotion of autism awareness and acceptance, with a number of campus events and initiatives, including a student talent show and a fundraiser garage sale.

Adelphi’s devotion to its students with autism spectrum disorder goes beyond just April —it is a year-round commitment. Thanks to the University’s Bridges to Adelphi program, students with autism are provided with individualized comprehensive academic, social and vocational services. For the past 12 years, the Bridges program has enabled more than 100 students a year to transition from high school and adjust to college life, learning organizational and social skills, earning their bachelor’s degrees, and preparing for graduate school or careers.

In January 2018, Adelphi partnered with the Alabama-based organization KultureCity as part of its sensory initiative, to open a Sensory Room on campus. The room now serves as a calming refuge for students and others in the campus community with autism spectrum disorder or other sensory special needs.

This month, representatives of Bridges to Adelphi will be going around campus to educate others about the program as well as sponsoring events that draw attention to the many thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.

Among the many scheduled events are:

April 11

“Learning More About NeuroDiverse Individuals,” featuring Stephen Shore, Ed.D. Ruth S. Harley University Center, Rooms 215 and 216, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

April 12

Music Game Night. Fun musical knowledge games for all individuals who are interested. There will be karaoke! Snacks will be provided. 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

April 15

Learn how to dance the salsa. Bridges to Adelphi office, Earle Hall, lower level, 1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

April 17

Autism and inclusion discussion. Bridges to Adelphi Sensory Room, Earle Hall, lower level, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

April 18

“Mario Kart” party. Play “Mario Kart” on Nintendo Switch as well as our Old School N64 system in the Bridges to Adelphi lounge, Earle Hall, lower level, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

April 19

Relationship discussion. Watching Atypical and discussion about dating. Bridges to Adelphi office, Earle Hall, lower level, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

April 22

Plant sale for World Earth Day. All plants will be sold out of the Bridges to Adelphi office, Earle Hall, lower level.

April 23

A screening of the documentary Life, Animated., Bridges to Adelphi office, Earle Hall, lower level, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

April 25

Talent Show benefiting E.P.I.C. Players, an autism-inclusive theater group. Many individuals have hidden talents, especially neurodiverse individuals. $5 for all. Angello Alumni House, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Video game group, Bridges to Adelphi office, Earle Hall, lower level, 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

April 26

Screening of the movie Keep the Change. Bridges to Adelphi office, Earle Hall, lower level, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

April 28

Supporting LI Kick in its Spring Fling Charity Kickball Tournament. $20 to play; all proceeds benefit the EJ Autism Foundation. City Stadium Park, Glen Cove, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

April 30

Bridges to Adelphi will host a garage sale, all proceeds benefiting “Angels for Autism,” the Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation. Adelphi Flagpole Lawn, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. If you have items that you would like to donate, please contact Maria at

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