They danced, frolicked and had fun. Last Thursday, August 8, Rockaway Beach Autism Families 2nd Annual Dance Out For Autism Awareness drew scores of people to Caracas Beach 106th Concession, where individuals with autism, and their families and friends showcased their dancing prowess, all in the spirit of boosting autism awareness and acceptance. The event featured a disc jockey and photo booth, where attendees got to don costume accessories and forever memorialize the fun event with photos.
According to RBAF founder, Kami-Leigh Agard, the goal for the event was not just to build autism awareness and acceptance, but inclusion. “Many parents of individuals on the spectrum, including myself, sometimes feel isolated and this event helps change that all around. When you see people on the dance floor just letting themselves be free in a safe and non-judgmental environmental right here in Rockaway, it’s pure joy.”
Agard said this event would not have been possible without the support of her fellow RBAF members and others. “A big shout out to RBAF’s Rojo Raosori, Christine Dydzuhn, Kathy Ryan and Venus Ramos for their help, and to Hillel Roberts, who tantalized everyone with his delish cookies. Also, this event would not have been possible without the support of Maribel Araujo, Guido Alizo, and Alexis O’Connor of Caracas, DJ Rhythm Selector J, Helen Rios of Armatuparty and Rockaway’s fantastic band of supporters.”