Broome-Tioga BOCES Receives Proclamations Commemorating Autism Awareness Month and Day


BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On Tuesday, proclamations were presented to the Oak Tree Program in Broome-Tioga BOCES commemorating April as World Autism Awareness Month and recognizing April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day in the county of Broome.

“It’s really important that we take the time to talk about it and more importantly learn about autism,” Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said. “The more we know, the easier it is for all of us to recognize its sighs and help children connect to the resources available to them as quickly as possible.”

Ilene Monico, program director based at the Oak Tree Center, said the recognition was meant to raise awareness.

“Even though people hear about it, they don’t always remember that April is Autism Awareness Month,” Monico said. “You can go out into the community and usually 9 out of 10 times you’ll see someone with autism, and we just want to raise awareness about being understanding and patient and kind.”

The Oak Tree Center-based program focuses on children ages 5-21, providing learning in academics, social, pre-vocational and life skills.

“We have students who need a higher level of support and services, and then we have students who don’t need as much support and services. So we try to meet all those needs.

However, student Habib Ali said that ultimately it is about supporting the future of our next generation.

“Autism can be present in any child or baby, and with your support, it can help them develop a good job and a good career in their future life,” Ali said.

Autism awareness programs are scheduled throughout April, including the annual Oak Tree Celebrity Pasta Dinner on April 21.

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