April is national autism awareness month. For the fourth year, Brio has partnered with the Winchester Disability Access Commission and The Winchester Multicultural Network in Light it Up Blue. This year, we wanted to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness by encouraging our local community in becoming part of a movement toward acceptance and inclusion. We want to thank our local businesses in Winchester who have put up signs, lights and advertised special events for the month of April showing their support and helping to create a more inclusive community.

The lighting ceremony will take place on a NEW DATE April 26th at 7:00 PM at the Winchester Town Common.  Guest speaker at the event will be local Winchester artist John Williams and Jennifer Flaherty, teacher from Lynch Elementary School. There will be blue donuts provided by Dunkin Donuts, Pizza from Toscanos, lots of fun gifts and a free raffle.

Use #WinchesterLIUB to show what you are doing for autism awareness. You can wear something blue, paint your nails blue, put up blue lights at your home, read a book about autism from the Winchester Library or at Bookends, find resources about autism and share with others. Be Creative!

Also as part of autism awareness month, the film “Temple Grandin” will be shown at the Winchester Public Library on April 21st at 6:30 PM. This is a free event and all are welcome.