Misericordia University Students Host Sensory Winter Wonderland – Press Release – Autism Speaks U Misericordia University

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News Release


November 16, 2016

Mike Gombita, Marketing Chair








DALLAS, PA (November 16, 2016) – Misericordia University students will host an Autism Speaks U Sensory Winter Wonderland to raise awareness for autism speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. The event will take place on December 4th from 11am-2pm in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall at Misericordia University.


Children with autism and their families are invited to participate in many sensory-oriented events, a parachute activity, a photo-booth, and enjoy light refreshments. Holiday photo opportunities will also be available for families as well. All events are specifically designed for children who have sensory challenges. Student volunteers will strive to make this an opportunity that does not overwhelm any sensory sensitive participants. Families can pre-register at http://www.misericordia.edu/autism under the Autism Speaks U tab. Admission for the families is free.


Families will be able to walk around and participate at designated activity tables moderated by volunteers. Crafts such as snow globes, snowflakes, and ornaments can be made and be taken home.


Shirts will also be available to purchase at the event as well as a donation table. All proceeds go to Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. For details, contact Mike Gombita at 570-229-0086 or by email at gombitam@misericordia.edu.


Launched in 2008, Autism Speaks U, an initiative of Autism Speaks, is designed to support college students, alumni and faculty in their awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts. Student-organized events can range from hosting a 5K run, benefit concert, eating contest, panel on autism and more. While many of the students involved with Autism Speaks U have a personal connection to autism, others not directly affected have also joined the program to support the cause. Since its inaugural event at Penn State University in 2006, Autism Speaks U events have raised over $1 million and student-organized Walk Now for Autism Speaks teams have brought in millions more. Autism Speaks U events and chapters exist at colleges and universities across the country, including: Penn State University, University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, University of Connecticut, Duke University, University of Maryland and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. College students, faculty and alumni can get involved with Autism Speaks U by visiting AutismSpeaks.org/U.