A comedy event benefiting Arts 'n Autism
Arts ‘n Autism (A&A) is an after school program which provides respite care and therapeutic programming for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A&A provides classes in play therapy, social skills, music, art, yoga, and martial arts for children ages 3-18. Each class fosters the child’s self esteem while encouraging language development and interaction with peers. To ensure individual attention Arts ‘n Autism maintains a minimum 3:1 student to adult ratio.
The program was designed to meet three crucial needs:
- Supervised visual and performing arts activities for children who, because of their deficiencies in language and social skills, are unable to utilize existing after school or recreation programs offered by public schools, churches, or other institutions in Tuscaloosa County.
- Respite for family members and other caregivers who are responsible for round the clock care of these children.
- Outreach and assistance to low-income families who would otherwise be unable to secure similar after school and summer camp services for their children with autism.
Like any other after school program, Art 'n Autism meets a practical need that working families have - a safe after school environment for their children until the parents can pick them up after work.