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Autism Awareness at EMPOWER After School Program in Wilmington

Easterseals UCP EMPOWER staff teaches acceptance

WILMINGTON, N.C., April 10, 2017

Wilmington, NC-Every day dozens of children with disabilities or developmental delays and their siblings flock to the EMPOWER After School Programs sponsored by Trillium Health Resources.  These programs, staffed by trained Easterseals UCP employees, provide an educational and fun place for children to learn and play.


During April, the after school programs are focusing on acceptance and understanding of autism.  As part of Autism Awareness Month, many of the children share their requests through words, symbols, pictures or electronic devices.  At the Wilmington EMPOWER Program, children created puzzle pieces with words about activities they enjoy most.The center is decorated with these colorful puzzles to bring joy and understanding.


One in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a developmental disability that causes significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.While there is no known cause or cure, Easterseals UCP works with children and adults with autism to promote independence so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

Learn more about services for children and adults with disabilities at www.eastersealsucp.com

More information about EMPOWER After School Programs and Summer Day Camp


Easterseals UCP is a non-profit organization serving the special needs communities in North Carolina and Virginia.  Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

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