Worcester, Mass. – Clark University volleyball head coach Mickey Cahoon has announced that the Cougars' next home game will be the program's Autism Awareness Night contest.
The game which will take place on Tuesday, October 1 against MIT beginning at 7:00 p.m., will feature both teams wearing the iconic Autism Awareness ribbons during warmups prior to the game.
Members of the Clark men's tennis team – the other team that Cahoon coaches– will be in attendance collecting donations that will benefit the Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts.
The program has a connection with the Center in central Massachusetts. Former volleyball student-athlete and current assistant coach Nichole Lopez works at the Center.
The Autism Resource Center was conceived in 1996 by a group of parents to serve primarily as an information and referral service for children and families affected by disorders within the Autism Spectrum; Autism, PDD NOS and Asperger Syndrome. The Center services the eastern portion of DDS Central-West Region. This encompasses North Central, Worcester, and South Valley areas.
This program is funded by the Department of Developmental Services ( DDS ) and administered by Horace Mann Educational Associates, Inc. HMEA recognizes that family participation is critical to the success of its programs, a Family Advisory Board serves as the voice of families to the Center.
Information and referral, education, family support and networking are vital services the Center provides. The Autism Resource Center is designed to help parents, educators, service providers, and medical professionals provide effectively for those diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum. The Center does not recommend any single program or treatment but instead offers information on a great variety of issues giving parents and professionals what they need to make educated choices.