Linwood Campus Massage Therapy Program Students Support Atlantic County Autism Awareness Organization

South Jersey autism awareness group has been holding “bubbles” fundraiser for 10 years 

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Do you know a person who is affected by autism? If you do, you may know that people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face a lot of challenges. The Linwood campus of the Harris School of Business recently held a Bubble Day for autism awareness.

In unison with other participating schools and organizations across the country, over 100 students from the Linwood, NJ campus went outside in the cold at 1:15 pm on Monday, April 22 to blow glycerin bubbles. The vision of the bubbles floating to the sky is meant to raise hope and awareness of people living with autism. The bubbles are used as an analogy for breaking through the bubble of isolation that autism creates.

The event at the Linwood campus was organized by the students in the Massage Therapy program as part of their pathology class. The class project was to pick a disease or disorder that massage therapists may encounter and to learn how to perform a massage on someone who is facing the disorder, including any special precautions that may be necessary. The class decided on autism because it is a disorder that is being diagnosed more and more frequently.

The next part of the project was to raise awareness for the disorder, both locally and globally. After fact-finding and putting together information packets, the students went class-to-class to raise awareness about autism and to get all of the students involved in the Bubbles for Autism event. Each massage student was also responsible for creating a flyer that he or she could potentially use at events to raise awareness.

“The event was a great success for the Massage Therapy students. They had to work together to write letters, create pamphlets, and raise awareness, all while learning more about the disorder and working on their marketing skills. The students were proud to be part of a huge event,” said Megan Shirley, Director of Academic Operations at the Linwood, NJ campus.

The Harris School makes an effort to give back to the community in many ways, such as participating in blood drives, community events, and other fundraisers. With Bubble Day, the students of the Linwood campus expressed their support of the growing numbers of people affected by autism.

History of Bubble Day for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Awareness

Bubble Day is an event organized by the non-profit organization Faces 4 Autism. This South Jersey non-profit began with one family back in 2002. At that time, the Mosca family received a diagnosis of autism for their son Kyle, and decided to create a support group. The group was called Families for Autistic Children, and from that group arose Faces 4 Autism, whose mission is centered on early intervention, education, advocacy, and support for families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the South Jersey area.

Last year, Faces 4 Autism reported that 57,202 people in 303 venues all over the world participated in Bubble Day. The Faces 4 Autism website explains, “Bubbles are symbols of joy, hope, and laughter. They bring people together. When we blow Bubbles for Autism together, we create a new awareness of families facing autism.”

The Harris School was proud to be a part of this autism awareness event. As one of the region’s accredited adult career education schools, Harris School of Business operates seven campuses in the Delaware Valley, including campuses in New Jersey, Delaware, and the Philadelphia, PA region.

Founded in 1965, Harris provides career-focused education to adults, specializing in massage therapy courses, medical assistant programs, dental assistant training, medical billing courses, certified nurse’s assistant training, and other career areas. If you are interested in learning more about the Harris School of Business, call us at 1-800-510-7920. Your new career path could be waiting for you at Harris!