The idea for this development stemmed from Augusta Rentenbach, a junior at Knoxville Catholic High School who is preparing for the Miss Tennessee Outstanding Teen Princess Scholarship Pageant.
Augusta says, “Autism is important to me because I have 2 aunts with autism. I have seen their struggles and triumphs, and I have also seen prejudice against both of them. These reasons and other ways autism has touched my life explain why I am passionate about this cause.
I am currently enrolled in AP Art at my school. I find my art time to be very soothing. I did some online research and found that it can be a calming experience to people with autism as well. It is a proven fact that art therapy has the ability to calm people, promote social interaction, and provide joy. I hope Art Resources for Autism will positively impact people who are participating."
Along with the unveiling of this new event will be an open house for Autism Site Knoxville located at 4028 Papermill Drive on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10am to 2pm. They will be opening their doors to the public for guests to come take a look around their new space and enjoy sensory friendly activities. Feel free to bring children on the autism spectrum as well as siblings to participate in our new art program and other events while parents look around, build their connections with one another, and watch their children have fun. To view more information about the open house and a list of activities, please visit the home page of asaetc.org and click on the “World Autism Awareness Day at ASK” button or simply click the button below!