HARTFORD AREA — Autism Families CONNECTicut, based in Newington, is launching its revamped virtual programs for children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum ages three to young adult. Like its in-person programming, participants will be able to explore creativity through fun activities where they can interact with peers and express themselves freely via virtual platforms, such as Zoom and the Houseparty App, according to an email from the company.

Although AFC’s doors closed on March 13, to comply with the state’s COVID-19 directives, it has remained 100 percent committed to providing programming for our autism community. Now more than ever, it is crucial that the autism community has access to social and recreational activities, to help reduce the increase of pandemic-related isolation and anxiety within this vulnerable population. Thanks to generous supporters and fundraising, AFC is extremely fortunate to be able to continue providing these weekly virtual programs free of charge.

Virtual Program details include:

Playing on the Spectrum, AFC’s signature program, now offered Saturday mornings virtually via Zoom, engages children in an interactive play-based format that provides fun movement activities such as yoga, basic sports skills, music and physical fitness.

Building on the Spectrum, individuals of all ages will be encouraged to share their creativity, practice problem-solving skills, and make social connections with peers using LEGO and other building mediums.

With Teen Nights, this music and movement based program gives teens loads of opportunities to socialize, establish and maintain virtual social connections, and have fun while participating in themed activities such as music, dancing, and trivia.

Young Adult Hangouts, is “the place to be” for young adults on the autism spectrum who are looking for some fun, games, and good laughs. Hangouts are a fun and social evening that include conversation, social activities, and games with friends.

For more information, visit www.autismfamiliesct.org. For questions, contact Maria Mascoli, AFC’s executive director, maria@autismfamiliesct.org.

Connecticut Media Group