Just got word that the Fifth Annual Autism Family Night is TONIGHT! All T.G.I. Friday’s in North Carolina are participating, so grab the kids and go for a pleasant dinner out — spectrum style.
When: Tonight April 12, 2011, 6 to 8 pm
Where: any T.G.I. Friday’s in North Carolina, New Jersey, Connecticut, Staten Island, and parts of Pennsylvania
Who: Families and friends living with autism
Why: This project was started to give families living with autism the chance to dine out in an understanding atmosphere, without the fear of chastisement or stigma.
Autism Family Night was started 5 years ago by Alexandra Abend, a Duke University undergraduate whose younger brother has autism. The events were first held only in New Jersey, but Alex and TGI Fridays have worked to include TGIF restaurants in North Carolina and several other states.
Alex’s sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, has agreed to take over responsibility for Autism Family Night events in the future. In Alex’s words, here is what Autism Family Night is all about:
This event can sometimes sound confusing and people may wonder, “What exactly is the
project?” To clarify, it is not a fundraiser, but rather a designated night for families affected
with autism to come together and enjoy a relaxed family dinner without feeling stigmatized
or embarrassed. In an effort to make the night more enjoyable for the families, Kappa Alpha
Theta will be giving all participating TGI Fridays information to disseminate to their staff,
which explains autism and some associated symptoms.
Read more about Alex Abend and her Autism Family Night event:
Autism Family Night nytimes.com
“Dining Out With an Autistic Child” Time.com
Living With Autism: Alex’s Story UN Works Health
Email for more information or questions
Kappa Alpha Theta announcement
More on parenting & autism by AJ:
- Living With Autism
- Homeschooling an Autistic Child
- Newly Diagnosed?
- The Importance of Arts & Crafts to Special Needs Children
- Six Things to Do After Your Child Is Diagnosed With an Autism Sprectrum Disorder
- Autism & Food Issues
- Helping Your Autistic Child Develop Receptive and Expressive Language