Fisher-Titus Pediatric Therapy, New Beginnings Pediatrics and Fisher-Titus Behavioral Health are already preparing for National Autism Awareness Month in April and they are asking for the community’s help. From now through Friday, March 16, they will be sponsoring the “Be a Piece of the Puzzle” campaign to raise autism awareness.
“Each year we light our campus blue for World Autism Day and our employees raise awareness by
wearing blue,” said Mary Helton, director of rehabilitation at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. “This year we wanted to do something different to engage the community to get involved.”
Fisher-Titus is inviting local businesses and community members to “Be a Piece of the Puzzle” in an effort to raise autism awareness and funding for local programs offered through Fisher-Titus Pediatric Therapy.
“The idea of this campaign is to have community members design their own unique puzzle piece and return it so that we can create a large mural to put on display,” said Lindsey Esker, special program coordinator at Fisher-Titus. “We hope you will ‘Be a Piece of the Puzzle’ by supporting Autism Awareness Month and Fisher-Titus Pediatric Therapy.”
Here’s how to get involved:
- Pick up a puzzle piece, decorate it and return it by Friday, March 16. To decorate, it can be as simple as signing your name or business, or it can be as decorative as your imagination allows. Pieces are approximately 4”x4”. You can also purchase more than one puzzle piece if you want to create a larger picture.
- Pieces can be picked up and dropped off in three locations:
- Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rehabilitation front desk located inside the Ralph and Alice Walcher Rehabilitation Center, 272 Benedict Ave., Norwalk, Parking Lot A.
- Monday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at New Beginnings Pediatrics, 282 Benedict Ave., Suite B, Norwalk.
- Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at New Beginnings Pediatrics, 1400 W. Main St., Building 1, Suite G, Bellevue.
- Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fisher-Titus Behavioral Health, 282 Benedict Ave., Suite C, Medical Park 2, Norwalk
- Donation is $5 (or more) per puzzle piece. Cash and checks accepted at puzzle pickup locations with checks made payable the Fisher-Titus Foundation. You can also donate online by visiting fishertitus.org and clicking on Donate. If you are donating online, please indicate it is for the “Be a Piece of the Puzzle” campaign and puzzle pieces will be mailed to you.
The decorated puzzle pieces will be displayed on a special mural in the Shady Lane Café at Fisher-Titus Medical Center on Monday, April 2 as part of our “Light It Up Blue” recognition.
Autism now affects 1 in 68 children in the US. The puzzle piece has been the universal symbol for autism or autism spectrum disorder, which refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.
If you have questions, please contact Mary Helton, Director of Rehabilitation, at 419-660-6957.