Autism Awareness and Our Second Birthday Party!
It’s easy to find statistics about adults living on the autism spectrum: 1 in 3 adults with autism are socially isolated; only 14 percent of adults with autism hold paid jobs in their communities. What’s more of a challenge is to create meaningful work for these adults who have so much to offer and ability to contribute. ExtraSpecialTeas employs adults with autism and other special needs, such as Down syndrome, as ExtraSpecial Servers. On Saturday, April 7, the non-profit teahouse will celebrate these adults along with Autism Awareness (Autism Awareness Day is April 2) AND its second birthday in the Great Barrington Community.
The Blue Party will run from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 7 at the teahouse at 2 Elm Street, Great Barrington, MA. Because the birthday celebrates Autism Awareness, the theme is blue. All community members and visitors are invited to wear blue, post party pictures to their social media (tag @extraspecialteas), and come into the teahouse to sample an “ExtraSpecial” brew of blue tea, and try gluten-free baked goods and candies made by ExtraSpecial Servers and staff. Face painting from 11 am – 3 pm. Berkshire Bateria will play their energizing rhythmic grooves on Elm Street at 1:00 pm. Tea partner Tiesta Tea (www.tiestatea.com) from Chicago will be on hand.
ExtraSpecialTeas is a community teahouse serving hot, iced and bubble teas, and gluten-free treats made by the participants and staff, and a non-profit vocational day program for adults with mental and developmental challenges. Dan came to ExtraSpecial Teas one year ago. His mom said,
“Our son Dan’s life has been changed through his opportunity to be part of ExtraSpecialTeas – a place of light, learning, and belonging to a larger family. ExtraSpecialTeas has given Dan a purpose in life, a group of friends, and the chance to be a productive member of the community. Dan has grown into a proud and independent young man, with an active role in our Berkshire community.”
ExtraSpecialTeas invites everyone because the future belongs to everyone belonging.
Contact Cherri Sanes at (413) 429-6500 with questions. Follow ExtraSpecialTeas on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Event: ExtraSpecialTeas Blue Party
What? Community party celebrating Autism Awareness & EST’s Second Birthday
Where? ExtraSpecialTeas, 2 Elm Street, Great Barrington
When? Saturday, April 7, 2018, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Activity: Signature blue tea tasting, gluten-free treats, face painting, Berkshire Bateria at 1:00 pm. Wear blue! Social media posts: #autismawareness #abilitynotdisability #thefuturebelongstoeveryonebelonging