“I’ve always wanted to help kids with autism and spread awareness as much as I can,” said Daniel Eleyahouzadeh, director of the Queens College Friendship Circle. “All the money raised at this event will go to the Autism Speaks Foundation.”
In addition to the Friendship Circle, the Autism Awareness Day was hosted by the Queens College Student Association and South Asian Student Association.
The event had a live DJ to entertain students, who were able to purchase Autism Awareness t-shirts and get Henna tattoos.
It comes on the heals of the 8th annual World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. Autism now affects one in 68 children, including one in 42 boys, who are five time more likely to suffer from Autism, which has no cure or medical detection.
Organizations that provide services to individuals and families affected by Autism were invited to the event to help spread awareness.
One such organization was the SIBS Club, a program designed to enhance relationships and interactions between children with autism and their siblings. Children are able to learn critical skills through sibling group and inclusive recreation activities
“We are a program run out of the Queens College campus that works with families of children with autism,” said Emily Jones, co-director of the SIBS Club and Assistant Professor at Queens College. “We also provide help to students in training them to become service provider, and guide students who want to become special education majors.”