Under the Rainbow celebrated Autism month by wearing their Allie’s Angels shirts on Monday, April 3rd. The shirts were sold to help raise money for Autism Association of NE Arkansas. Allie and her team will attend the 10th Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, April 8th at Jonesboro High School. The event will have inflatables, a silent auction, food, booths, a commemorative walk and balloon release and much more. The need for support, education and awareness of autism is growing. Allie Howard was diagnosed at a young age with autism. The support for Allie and others diagnosed with Autism is overwhelming. “The main thing I want people to understand is that NE Arkansas and the surrounding areas need more awareness and acceptance. Resources are limited and there are no pediatric therapies,” states Rachael Howard, Allie’s mother. “It was a blessing that Allie’s autism was diagnosed early. She attends Under the Rainbow pre-school and the people who work there are incredible. They not only understand her diagnosis, but help the other children adapt to Allie’s needs and concerns. My hope is that by the time she attends public school, society has more of an awareness.”

Newport has helped raise over $1,000 for AANEA from businesses, individuals and shirt sales. The Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas, Inc. (AANEA) was formed in 2006 by a group of parents, educators and professionals to address the needs faced by families of someone diagnosed as having an autism spectrum disorder. AANEA, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote education and awareness of autism spectrum disorders in Northeast Arkansas and the surrounding communities.

The association offers support groups, trainings, and conferences to anyone interested. Stipend and Grant programs are also available to send local families and educators to conferences offered outside Northeast Arkansas and for other qualifying services with which families might need assistance.

AANEA, Inc.’s goal is to promote education and awareness of autism spectrum disorders in our communities and to support families affected by an autism spectrum disorder. To maintain the goals, the AANEA conducts a major fundraiser during April, which is Autism Awareness Month. AANEA is proud to be serving the parents, teachers, professionals, and children of the following Arkansas counties: Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp, St. Francis and Woodruff.