BRONX, NEW YORK, March 29, 2018
Unique People Services will celebrate Autism Awareness Month with two community activities on April 19, 2018. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. More than 3.5 million Americans currently live with ASD, and 1 in 68 children are born with a variation of it.
The event will kick off with a Spread the Word to End the Word™ press conference on the steps of Bronx Borough Hall on Thursday, April 19th at 11:00 am. Elected Officials, Non Profit staff, Representatives of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Bronx Developmental Disabilities Council, Parents, Advocates and individuals will speak to the importance of removing the R-Word from our vocabulary and mainstream media. The Spread the Word to End the Word™ is a campaign that seeks to make a stand against the derogatory “R-word,” otherwise known as “retard,” that has found a place in common language. While the use of this word can be casual, is hurtful to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had to overcome the challenges society has put forth through stereotypes for too long This event is an opportunity for us to educate the community about autism resources and the need to remove the stigma associated with being different. It is our hope that this event will enable us to change the way people view individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Yvette Brissett-Andre, Executive Director, Unique People Services. “We are especially grateful to Office of the Bronx Borough President for their ongoing support of unique individuals and use of space for today’s event.”
Over 100 attendees and vendors are expected to show up and gather information from various Bronx based resource and referral services.
Unique People Services, Inc. (UPS) is a New York-based nonprofit 501(c) 3 that provides supportive housing and medical case management services to individuals and families living with mental health challenges, intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and HIV/AIDS. The agency operates more than 27 supportive housing programs in the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Westchester County.
More than 800 New Yorkers call UPS home, living in well-appointed residences where they receive meals and support services to help them achieve the highest possible levels of independent living and community inclusion. The transitional, long-term and permanent housing UPS provides has also become a safe haven for many formerly homeless individuals. For more information about Unique People Services, visit www.uniquepeopleservices.org/