April is Autism Awareness Month and Miami-Dade County is continuing its efforts to raise awareness with events and programs happening throughout the month.
- Flip Flop Family Fun Fest and Expo - Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Make it to Haulover Park for boat rides, beach activities, a fun zone and vendor tables.
- Zumba for Autism - Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Meet Me at the Park is hosting this autism awareness community event at A.D. Barnes Park. You are encouraged to wear a light blue T-shirt to show support.
Along with these inclusive events, several County departments have ongoing programs for people on the autism spectrum.
The Department of Cultural Affairs supports inclusive arts and sponsors many sensory-friendly events. Miami-Dade County libraries also have many programs, books and related resources available. The Miami-Dade Parks department also has several ongoing programs.
In addition, the Miami-Dade Police Department is among the agencies participating in Autism Awareness Month through several fundraisers. Autism patches and awareness challenge coins are being sold to benefit the Police Officers Assistance Trust. Look out for officers wearing a special autism awareness badge.
To cap off the month, Miami-Dade Parks will dedicate the Super Heroes Playground at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St., Miami (date to be determined). The project consists of playground equipment for children with autism including an adventure crawl tube, play panels, play berm, a motion play spinner, shade and flowering trees, ADA accessible walkway and benches.