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County Executive Steve Schuh Celebrates National Autism Awareness Month during Rise for Autism’s Sensory Friendly Safety Fair


Annapolis, (April 19, 2015) – County Executive Steve Schuh today celebrated National Autism Awareness Month during a local non-profit organization’s autism safety fair.

“The work Rise for Autism and other nonprofit organizations do to raise awareness is so important,” said Schuh. “By spreading the word and educating our citizens about available resources, we ensure individuals with this disorder can lead happy and productive lives.”

The Sensory Friendly Safety Fair is a learning opportunity for individuals with the disorder, their caregivers and anyone else who is interested to learn more about Anne Arundel County’s safety program. Participants met first responders, observed safety demonstrations, toured county emergency vehicles and learned about the county’s mobile crisis unit.

Between presentations and learning experiences, participants met McGruff the dog, took photos with a police officer and could dress up in a police uniform. There were also various other games and activities.

Rise for Autism is a local non-profit organization founded in 2011. Their mission is to support individuals, and families of individuals, with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders while increasing community awareness and understanding of the disorder.

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