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Wolfville autism advocate urges the valley to "light it up blue" to raise awareness | community



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Wolfville, NS –

"It's just like Christmas."

It's like autism advocate "Cowboy" with Harrison Czapalay Wolfville feels when he sees the house and business were lit with blue light to support the World Day spread Autism Awareness.

25-year-old Czapalay said his mission is to be the voice for those who were not recommended to talk about their autism with the same degree of confidence that he has.

This is important for him to Annual Wolfville Fire It Up Blue Charity BBQ in the park hours will promote autism awareness. lampposts decorated with blue balls for the event and people are encouraged to wear blue clothes in a show of support.

"Now people are starting to realize that there is autism here in the Annapolis Valley, and I wanted to do something more to raise awareness," he said.

Charity BBQ – held in support of the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia chapter of Autism and Academ S.M.I.L.E. (Sensorimotor Educational Leadership Experience) program – was held on March 30, it was the fourth year for the event.

Czapalay said that it makes him very proud to be a witness to the strong support shown to him and others with autism many people attending the barbecue. There has been a "tremendous response" to his initiative.

"It's almost like running for mayor," he said.

In addition to raising awareness, the annual Wolfville Lights It Up Blue charity barbecue to raise money for Acadia S.M.I.L.E. The program and the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia Chapter autism.
In addition to raising awareness, the annual Wolfville Lights It Up Blue charity barbecue to raise money for Acadia S.M.I.L.E. The program and the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia Chapter autism.

Czapalay wants people with autism to get the help they need. Despite the fact that he said that EA's, do an excellent job, provided in schools, for example, there should be more support and assistance.

Czapalay will be busy making presentations in schools over the next week, and he hopes to see a lot of blue lights in Wolfville and other communities of the valley in support of autism in this year's World Day of Awareness of autism April 2.

He still participates in Acadia S.M.I.L.E. The program, he said, has grown significantly. Czapalay, who was diagnosed with autism at age three, credits the program with helping him become more social and interactive with others.

"That's why I want to bring them back, because they supported me in many ways, and they kept a lot of children and young people," he said. "However, I do not think there is any other university, who can pull off what makes Acadia.»

Czapalay said it was important for people to continue to support the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia Chapter autism who works autism center in Kingston. He said that the center helps many people on the autism spectrum, and it is important that it is well known in the greater community.

Founded in 2002, Autism Nova Scotia (ANS) with & # 39 is a non-profit, registered charity based in Halifax. ANS was originally the vision of Joan and Jack Craig, parents of adult son with autism.

The organization is committed to building the capacity of communities to improve the understanding, acceptance and inclusion of seven & # 39; advertisements and persons living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

ASD with & # 39 is a lifelong psychomotor disorder. People living with races will experience problems with communication and social interaction and will reflect the restrictive and repetitive behavior.

There are many degrees of autism that makes each person unique. All people living with autism respond to effective intervention.

Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

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"Cowboy" Harrison Czapalay at the fourth annual Wolfville Lights It Up Blue Charity BBQ in the park hours.
"Cowboy" Harrison Czapalay at the fourth annual Wolfville Lights It Up Blue Charity BBQ in the park hours.

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