University of Pennsylvania’s national co-ed honor fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, has
planned several events for the third annual Autism Awareness Week at IUP as part of April’s National Autism Awareness Month campaign.
all funds raised during the week will benefit the Special Needs Activity
Program at IUP. SNAP is a program for community children and adults with
disabilities, offering them supervised physical activities.
awareness, members have put blue cellophane on the windows of campus
residential buildings to “light up the campus blue.” Bright blue is a color
used by many national autism organizations to symbolize autism awareness.
the fraternity also are selling t-shirts throughout the week to raise funds. Order
forms will be available during all the week’s events at designated tables.
Orders may also be placed by e-mailing event cochair Elizabeth Gardner at email@example.com.
organizer and chair Oktober Appleby, a disability services and child
development and family relations double major from Latrobe, hopes that the
week’s events help to make everyone more aware of autism. “Eventually, we hope
that when anyone on campus sees a blue ribbon, they will recognize it as a
symbol for autism.”
about Autism Awareness Week is also on Facebook at Autism Awareness Week Annual
Group Photo Information: Front, from left: Lizzie Gardner,
a disability services major from Monroeville; Steph Daugherty,
a child development and family relations major from Lebanon; Zak Tobias, a
finance major from Honey Brook; Alexandra Gonzalez, a fashion merchandising
major from Downingtown; and Danielle Catapano, a
nursing major from Langhorne.
Second row, from left, Dillon Hogg, a history major from
Adrian; Lataya Elder, a natural sciences major from Philadelphia; Lane Loughner,
a marketing major from Latrobe; Brittany Searight, a marketing major from
Export; and October Appleby, event chair, a disability services and child
development and family relations double major from Latrobe