Community grant awarded to Central Coast Autism Center for teen dances
–The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center has been awarded a grant of $5,000 by The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County for their Teen/Young Adult Dance Program.
The dances are held at the Ludwick Community Center throughout the year and also include a planning meeting social event a week or two before the dance itself. These meetings are icebreakers where participants are able to create the theme, posters, and song ideas for the event, with a few social games added in for fun. The dances are packed with increasing numbers yearly. About 75 volunteers, mostly Cal Poly students, engage with dancers and welcome them with pizza, snacks, and drinks. The dynamic DJ, Anthony Salas from Epic Entertainment, creates the lights, music, and coordinates the latest dance moves. There is also a chill-out room wherein participants can take a break from the music and lights.
The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center is funded through donations and grants and will now be able to expand their dances and planning meetings, as well as support the infrastructure needed to keep them fun, safe, well-attended and lively. The next dance is on October 12, 2018 and details are available on the event calendar at www.SLOAutism.org.