Autism Awareness Month at Milpitas Library

Approximately 1 in 68 children ages 3-17 have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For one reason or another, the rates are particularly high in Silicon Valley. Throughout the month of April, which is Autism Awareness Month, Milpitas Library will have a series of programs designed for autistic children, adults, and their caregivers.

Autism Resource Day: Sunday, April 3rd, 2-4pm: Representatives of the local autism community will be on hand to provide useful information about the autism resources and services in the Milpitas area. Parents Helping Parents, Milpitas Unified School District, The Friends of Children with Special Needs, and of course the Milpitas Library will all be present to help you navigate the wealth of information available. We’ll also have Sensory Stations set up for children of all abilities to participate in.

I Have a Child with Autism, Now What?: Wednesday, April 13th, 7-8pm: Join Joanna Jaeger of Parents Helping Parents, as she discusses what you need to know to help your child get the strategies and services they need. Find out where to get the support you need in Milpitas and the South Bay Area. Children of all abilities are welcome!

Sensory Storytime at Milpitas Library: Wednesday, April 20th, 10:30am: Sensory storytime is an interactive and educational program that can be enjoyed by all children, but is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. It combines books, songs, movement, and therapeutic activities to stimulate all five senses and promote learning. If your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s other storytimes, this inclusive program of stories, songs, and activities may be just what you are looking for! Recommended for children ages 1 to 7 and attended by a parent/caregiver. Registration is required and space is limited. Please register online at For information, contact Lauren Teixeira at or 408-262-1171 x3621.

Sensory Friendly Movie Screening: Saturday, April 23rd, 2-4pm: The Sensory-Friendly movie screening will have captions turned on, lights turned up, sound turned down, and invitees are welcome to get up, dance, walk, or shout! Children of all abilities are invited to attend. Climb aboard for a magical carpet ride with nonstop laughs, action-packed adventure, and Academy Award-winning music that will make your heart soar!

Our commitment to serving this community will not stop with April. We are working on increasing our ASD resources, establishing a regular Sensory Storytime, and more. If you’re bringing your autistic child to the library for the first time, ask about our “My Library” guide. This booklet helps pre-teach what the structure and routine of a library experience will be like. Individuals will gain a visual familiarity of the library so that they can feel comfortable during their visits, be able to use the services, and interact appropriately.

We are also looking to form a Parents Support Group. If you are a parent of a special needs child and are interested in a support group, please email Please include in your email some days of the week with times that you would be able to participate.
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