April: Autism Awareness Month

“Light It Up Blue” on April 2nd in honour of Autism Awareness Month.

Publié le 28 mars 2017

April is Autism Awareness Month

©Melissa Sunshine Camp

Autism presents itself in 1 in 43 boys and 1 in 189 girls—in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009) found the prevalence of autism to be one in 150 births.

A mental condition, autism presents itself in early childhood in many ways, but is generally defined by difficulty communicating, forming relationships and in using language. “Autism is characterized by significant difficulties in two areas: communication, social interactions and restricted or repetitive behaviors, activities and interests. It is a state that manifests itself differently in different people,” explains Sonia Viau, a Special Educator at local non-profit Melissa’s Sunshine Camp.

For the last quarter of a century, April has been deemed Autism Awareness Month—a movement geared towards educating and informing the public about Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Chateauguay Valley’s very own Melissa’s Sunshine Camp will be taking steps to involve the community in its efforts to promote autism awareness by participating in Light It Up Blue, a movement the encourages individuals to wear blue, or display blue lights, to show their support for the cause on April 2nd (or April 3rd, seeing as how the 2nd falls on a Sunday).

The Huntingdon Mill has agreed, in honour of Light It Up Blue, to light up its building in blue throughout April in a show of encouragement. Melissa’s Sunshine Camp, an organization geared towards creating participation programs for the intellectually challenged, urges locals to come out and support the cause via a number of activities, including:


·         Bowling at Quillorama Huntingdon every Friday evening at 3:00 P.M.

·         Activities for those aged 21 and over from Monday to Friday (contact MSC).

·         Karaoke, on April 22nd at 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. for 18 years and over (contact MSC).


For more information, visit the website of the Fédération Québécoise de l'Autisme or contact the organization Autisme Monteregie. For more information about the local activities cited, reach out to Melissa’s Sunshine Camp at 450-264-6340.