Police Offer Fun Event to Raise Autism Awareness
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Hillsborough Police Department is partnering with several agencies to raise awareness of autism and offer families some outdoor fun next weekend.
Autism Family & Friends Day takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 at Fairview Park and coincides with National Autism Awareness Month in April. The importance of safety in the community for children, teens and adults with the developmental disorder will be discussed. Attendees will be able to meet with employees from the Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orange Rural Fire Department as well as explore several emergency response vehicles.
In addition to raising awareness, the event is intended to celebrate those with autism while surrounded by family, friends and the community. The Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture and Parks and Recreation will provide games and other activities for children and teens. Food will be provided by the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Orange/Chatham Counties Chapter.
This is the third year the Hillsborough Police Department has offered Autism Family & Friends Day. Autism inhibits a person’s ability to communicate, respond to surroundings and form relationships with others. It affects people of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Fairview Park is located at 195 Torain St. For more information about the event, contact Senior Cpl. Tereasa King by email or by phone at 919-296-9543. For more information about autism, visit the Autism Society of North Carolina website.