OCL to host autism awareness programs

In April the Ocean County Library will host several programs to promote awareness of autism and offer assistance to those who live with this spectrum disorder.

The Toms River branch, 101 Washington St., will offer a three-part series for young adults, ages 18-30, with autism and their families. The programs will be held on Wednesday evenings. To register for all or part of the series telephone the library (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514 or go to the Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

“Job Coaching Skills for Emerging Adults with Autism,” provided by 21 Plus of Toms River, will provide information about seeking employment opportunities. The program will be held April 11 at 7 p.m.

Victoria P. Schindler, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Richard Stockton College, will lead “Continuing Education for Emerging Adults with Autism” April 18 at 7 p.m.  The program will help the young adults with autism gain the necessary skills to be successful in an academic environment.

The series will conclude with a social dance for those young adults and their families April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The Upper Shores branch, 112 Jersey City Avenue, Lavallette, will host two screenings of the 2011 film “Loving Lampposts: Living Autistic,” a documentary about love and acceptance that changes the dialog about autism. The first showing will be held Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 19 at 12:30 p.m. To register for either viewing, telephone the branch (732) 793-3996 or go online to the library Website.

The Waretown branch, 112 Main St., will host “Autism Recognition for Preschoolers” and is presented by Parents of Autistic Children Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.  With much being discovered about autism, most experts agree that early and intensive intervention can have a profound impact on the quality of life for at-risk children and their families.

The 90-minute program, designed for early-childhood educators in preschools, learning centers and daycare facilities, will help people recognize the early signs of autism.

To register for this program go to the POAC Website www.poac.net or telephone (732) 785-1099.

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