(Bronx, NY)—Over 450 children and families attended INCLUDEnyc’s 3rd Annual Outdoors for Autism event at Mullaly Park on Saturday, June 1.
Outdoors for Autism is an engaging afternoon of fun and interaction for children on the autism spectrum. “Outdoors for Autism enables children with disabilities to participate in recreational activities at a community-based event. Our children can’t often participate in these types of events in New York City because they don’t have sensory sensitive, universally designed activities in which every child can participate,” explained Barbara Glassman, Executive Director of INCLUDEnyc. “We’re grateful to our participating partners and the New York City Council which made this event possible.”
“INCLUDEnyc is a leading provider of the City Council’s Autism Awareness Initiative and I am proud to lend my support to this effort. Many public outings are not accessible for children with disabilities, which is why it is so important to offer events like this,” said Council Member Diana Ayala, Chair of the City Council’s Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addiction.
INCLUDEnyc participating partners, included Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, Bombas, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Children's Museum of the Arts, Cruz N Fun, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex, JetBlue, KEEN New York, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, The New York Public Library, and the New York Red Bulls Freestyle Crew. These partners offered activities such as soccer, a sensory parachute, arts & crafts, and face painting. There also was a quiet space for kids.
“We’re honored to participate in Outdoors for Autism for the third consecutive year. Families are offered access to free information and the children get to enjoy a day of fun sensory-friendly activities,” said Amanda Frantz, Executive Director of KEEN New York.
“We worked with the kids to create upcycled viewfinders used to play an ‘I-Spy’ game that helps them focus and encourages socialization,” explained Kirsten McNally, Associate Director of Museum Programming at Children’s Museum of the Arts.
INCLUDEnyc offers workshops and one-on-one Help Line support to parents and families with a young people with any kind of disability. Last year, 45% of individuals identified autism as the reason for attending an INCLUDEnyc workshop. Learn more at www.includenyc.org.