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Thanksgiving Tips

thanksgiving day tips 300x200Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate and give thanks. However, for some families of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this holiday may be overwhelming with all of the many unfamiliar foods, faces, and places. 

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Halloween Tips

iStock 102116461 SMALLHalloween can be a fun holiday, however, with all of the ghosts, goblins, and commotion out there, it has the potential to be scary as well. To help make Halloween fun and safe for all, we offer the following tips:

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The Teal Pumpkin Project: Inclusion for Trick-or-Treaters with Food Allergies

Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 12.16.04 PMThe Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched a national campaign by The Food Allergy Research and Education Organization (FARE) in 2014. FARE thanks FACET for their ongoing partnership as they work to reach families across the country and around the world with the Teal Pumpkin Project’s messages of awareness, inclusion, and community.

The Teal Pumpkin Project™ is now in its third year and raises awareness of food allergies and promotes a safer, happier Halloween by encouraging households to make non-food treats available so that trick-or-treaters who need to avoid candy, due to food allergies or other reasons, can fully participate. Households can show they are participating by placing a teal pumpkin in front of their home.

For more information, please visit FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ website.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

BullyingThere is excitement this time of year as students and teachers have made their way back to school. For students who experience bullying, however, going to school can be a time of anxiety and apprehension, impacting their education, health, and safety.

October marks National Bullying Prevention Month. Initiated in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, PACER brings together communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. National Bullying Prevention Month is supported by hundreds of schools, community members, major corporations, and celebrities, and is an opportunity to encourage everyone to unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

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