‘Shellebration’ Kicks Off Autism Awareness Month

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To mark Autism Recognition Thirty day period in April, there will be a “shellebration” on Saturday, April 3, starting at 10 a.m. in front of the Compassion Café, located at Barry’s Do Me a Taste in Beach Haven at 309 Centre St.
The café was preferred as the website because when it opens on Could 10, it will present work opportunities to adolescents and adults with distinctive desires. It will be open Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. through the summertime time with a menu that includes espresso, pastries, bagels, quiches and puppy treats.
But at the shellebration, there will not be any meals served. Somewhat, a desk will be established up with 100 painted clam shells. The exterior of the shells say “Hope 2021,” and the inside of of the shells characteristic vibrant painted patterns with slogans such as “Until All the Parts Fit” and “It’s Ok to Be Different.”
Sue Sharkey, co-founder of the café, explained people are welcome to just take a shell and spot it at a park, beach front or yet another community spot.
“They’re fantastically decorated,” mentioned Sharkey. “I’m sure folks will want to decide on them up out of curiosity. Which is the plan, to attract notice to autism consciousness. People can also share them on social media.”
The painted shells are the creations of Michele Capri, a special education and learning instructional aide for the Barnegat Township Faculty District. She reported the decorations are on large clam shells 3 to 5 inches across.
Capri said she initial posted them on the LBI Shelling internet site and got a big reaction.
“I acquired an outpouring of messages,” she mentioned. “So several folks were being intrigued in purchasing them just to give them absent. I may possibly be producing much more of these shells mainly because the reaction has been so great.”
Capri also explained the café is “a huge thought.”
“It’s amazing that there will be these work possibilities,” she stated. “I’ve worked with autistic college students, and I have witnessed lots of who I consider would make excellent staff. But an individual requirements to give them a prospect.”  —E.E.

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