Autism Services Organization Opens an After School ’’Creative Connections’’ Arts Enrichment Program
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - “Creative Connections,” arts after-school enrichment program for children with autism will begin on April 23rd. Sponsored by the Pacific Autism Center for Education, this program will offer an opportunity for students with special needs to join creative classes from music and dance, to drumming and rhythm-making, to storytelling and photography.
Marcia Goldman, educational director of PACE, says the idea came about several years ago when parents began asking if a popular bi-weekly dance class offered at PACE was also available in the afternoons for community children with autism. “We are so excited to offer some of the enrichment opportunities that we have provided for our clients to other children in our community.” Many students with special needs have limited access to activities after school, and very few offer arts enrichment. With the help of grants from the Fitzpatrick and All Stars Foundations, as well as support from local artists/instructors, “Creative Connections” hopes to enrich the lives of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Community by bringing art and enrichment to children of various ages and disabilities.
The initial 6-week program will be on Mondays from 3-5 pm, and all classes are 50 minutes in length. Student ages vary from 5-15. Family involvement is encouraged, and siblings and parents are welcome to drop in and participate in the creative process.
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