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Towson To Host Autism Awareness Night on Feb. 4

Feb 2, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

Towson men's basketball coach Pat Skerry

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson men’s basketball team will be holding an Autism Awareness Night during its home game against UNCW on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

The Towson Athletics Department has been working with Towson University’s Hussman Center for Adults with Autism in an effort to raise awareness for individuals with autism.

Autism groups including Itineris, Pathfinders, Autism Speaks, Kennedy Krieger, and the Hussman Center will be in attendance to provide information to fans in attendance at the game. Informational tables will be made available upon entrance to the Towson Center.

Autistic individuals will be offered a sensory friendly room in the event that they would like to leave the game temporarily.

“Individuals on the autism spectrum are now 1 out of 88 of our population in the United States,” says Rhonda Greenhaw, Director of the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism at Towson. “It is important to learn about autism as that knowledge enables us to open our communities to support people on the spectrum as they seek to have meaningful lives as fully included members of our society. The efforts of the Towson Tigers men’s basketball team to increase the acceptance of Autistic individuals will definitely go a long way to support these goals.”

Members of the Towson men’s basketball team and coaching staff will be wearing special royal blue (the color of Autism Speaks) shoes provided by Under Armour.

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