On May 27th, 2023 the Watly Foundation hosted an event called "Celebrate Autism" with the primary aim of facilitating communication and interaction between autistic children and their parents. Held at Oshman JCC, the event was a tremendous success in providing support and creating connections.
A team of dedicated volunteers played a crucial role in making the event a resounding success. They warmly welcomed and individually attended to each child, ensuring a personalized and inclusive experience for all. Their commitment and compassion fostered a safe and nurturing environment, allowing families to feel supported and understood.
To enhance the learning experience, we invited a talented music teacher and a lively clown to engage the children. The music teacher employed rhythm and melody to encourage self-expression and stimulate sensory experiences. The clown, through their entertaining acts, created an atmosphere of joy and curiosity, inspiring the children to learn and participate.
In addition to the enriching activities, we provided a range of food and beverages for all attendees. This not only ensured everyone's comfort and well-being but also offered an opportunity for families to relax and connect over a shared meal. The provision of nourishment further contributed to the positive and inclusive atmosphere of the event.
To cater to the unique needs of children with autism, we offered various toys and games carefully selected to promote cognitive development, sensory perception, and social interaction. These resources were thoughtfully designed to encourage exploration, creativity, and engagement, providing an inclusive environment for children of all abilities to thrive and connect with one another.
The collaboration with Oshman JCC as the venue proved instrumental in creating a spacious and accommodating setting for the event. The well-designed spaces allowed for a seamless flow of activities and ensured the safety and comfort of all participants. The venue's support was invaluable in bringing the vision of "Celebrate Autism" to life.
The Watly Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to the volunteers, the music teacher, the clown, and all those who contributed to the event's success. Together, we made a positive impact on the lives of autistic children and their families, fostering communication, understanding, and a sense of belonging within the community.
As we reflect on the event, we are inspired to continue advocating for individuals with autism and supporting their unique needs. "Celebrate Autism" served as a reminder of the power of connection and acceptance, driving us to work towards a more inclusive society where everyone's abilities are celebrated.