Yesterday, April 1, marked the first day of Autism Awareness Month. To help the more than 8,500 children and families in Nevada living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), local nonprofit Grant a Gift Autism Foundation partnered with the Vegas Golden Knights for Autism Awareness Night. Leo (17), a Grant a Gift Autism Foundation client, and Roberto, a therapist with UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center, participated in the ceremonial puck drop. Nonprofit representatives and children also welcomed players back onto the ice from intermission with a rally raid siren during the game.

puck drop, courtesy of the Vegas Golden Knights. Pictured from left to right: Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers), Leo (Grant a Gift Autism Foundation client), Roberto (UNLV Medicine Ackerman Autism Center therapist) and Reilly Smith (Vegas Golden Knights).

In addition, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation joined forces with local groups to turn Las Vegas blue at sundown in support of Light it Up Blue, which encourages landmarks, buildings, homes and businesses to go blue in recognition of people living with autism. Participants included T-Mobile Arena, The Cromwell Las Vegas, The High Roller and fountain in The LINQ Promenade, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and Capital One (on Town Center and Summerlin Pkwy).

Las Vegans interested in supporting Grant a Gift Autism Foundation are encouraged to participate in the 10th Annual Race for Hope, presented by Subway, on Saturday, April 27. For more information about Grant a Gift Autism Foundation and upcoming events, visit www.grantagiftautismfoundation.org.
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Grant a Gift Autism Foundation Joined Vegas Golden Knights for Autism Awareness Night on 4/1