Fifth annual Coast kick-off

Staff writer
March 28, 2014 01:00 AM

Organizers of the fifth annual International Naturally Autistic People Awards, Convention and Festival are pleased to announce the official kick-off next Wednesday, April 2, which is World Autism Awareness day.

The Sunshine Coast kick-off is from 6 to 10 p.m. at Boomer's Burger Bar in Sunnycrest Mall in Gibsons. Tickets are $30 which includes a Boomer's Burger meal with soft drink and ticket draw for prizes valued from $200 to $450. See www.naturallyautistic.com designated PayPal button on the home page to purchase your tickets.

More than 20 countries are represented to date for this year's festival, which will be held in October in Scotland: Canada, Turkey, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, U.S.A., India, Scotland, England, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, Pakistan, Morocco, Ukraine, Serbia, Argentina, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

The awards, convention and festival event is not restricted to autistic people, although autistic people created the concept of the event in effort to showcase and build partnerships between the autistic and mainstream communities.

The award categories include visual, performing, literary arts; entrepreneur, technology, sports; community achievement, community mentor and community leadership organization.

A broad international community of judges from the broadcasting and entertainment industries, sports, technology, business and humanitarian outreach will judge the awards competition.

The event is an opportunity for the autistic community, their sponsor partners and collaborative partners to be showcased in effort to educate the greater public about the autistic community, those under the special needs umbrella of diverse abilities and those organizations and individuals who have been instrumental, creative and innovative in their supports and outreach.

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