In honor of Autism Awareness month, (April) the Town of Charlton Police Department will be selling Autism Awareness police patches. Proceeds from the sale of the patches will be donated to Venture to support our community autism services and programs. Patches will be on sale through the Charlton Police Department:
To purchase a patch:
Send $10 or a check made out to ‘Charlton Police Explorers’ and a self addressed stamped envelope to:
c/o Charlton Police Department
85 Masonic Home Road
Charlton, MA 01507
The department will also eventually be hosting an autism awareness training seminar in conjunction with ALEC (Autism and Law Enforcement) and the Worcester County District Attorney. The seminar is for local police officers to learn and refresh the knowledge needed to protect and communicate when it comes to interacting with people living in our community with autism. Thank you Charlton PD for your community support!
This summer, there are many sensory-friendly summer activities for individuals with autism and sensory processing disorders available throughout the community. Thankfully, many organizations and community groups have developed a greater awareness about the needs of this population, providing families of children with disabilities the same opportunities as everyone else. We applaud the efforts of local vendors and organizations that are working to meet the needs of everyone, regardless of disability.
Here is a list of events and activities throughout Massachusetts that are sensory-friendly fun for the whole family:
Sensory Sensitive Saturday in Boston on July 22 – tours and programs at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
Sensory-Friendly Movie on July 29 – showing of “The Emoji” in Haverhill
Family Autism Event on August 5 – The Children’s Museum in Easton
“A Little Princess” Sensory Friendly Performance on July 22 – community theater program in Brockton
Especially for Me: Autism-Friendly Evening on August 19 – Children’s Discovery Museum in Acton
Sensory Sensitive Sundays – Chuck E. Cheese’s in Worcester and other Massachusetts locations
Sensory Friendly Saturdays – Altitude Trampoline Park in Billerica