Autism Awareness 2017

The United States recognizes April as the month to educate the public and highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the incidence of autism in children is 1 in 68.  Autism Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity for communities to promote autism awareness, acceptance, appreciation and inclusion, and to draw attention to the thousands of individuals diagnosed with autism each year.   

Bittersweet Fundraisers and Activities for Autism Awareness Month! 

Autism Takes Flight at the Maumee Public Library

Bittersweet is partnering with the Maumee Public Library to showcase 40 pieces of original artwork by artists with autism during the month of April for Autism Awareness Month.  The exhibit, “Autism Takes Flight,” will feature paintings of North American birds, created in the Bittersweet Creative Arts program.  The exhibit includes both stylized and realistic representations in watercolor, acrylic and pastel, and showcases the talents and abilities of Bittersweet artists. 

The exhibit will run from April 1 through April 22 and is free and open to the public during normal library hours.  Visitors who take a picture of themselves at the exhibit and post to social media using the hashtag “#AutismTakesFlight” will be entered into a raffle* to win a bird print of their choice!  The Maumee Library Branch is located at 501 River Road, Maumee, OH 43537. 

*Those who participate in the contest must follow Bittersweet on social media in order to be eligible to win an art print. Instagram: @Bittersweet_83Twitter: @Bittersweet_83; Facebook:

Beautiful Blooms by Jen Fundraiser BSF AA 2016 4

Bittersweet, Inc. is partnering with Beautiful Blooms by Jen to offer a Charity in Bloom arrangement for Autism Awareness Month.  During the month of April, 20% of the proceeds of the floral design will be donated to Bittersweet.

Arrangements can be purchased starting at $49.95.  Individuals may purchase the floral design by calling the store at 419.517.8821 or by shopping their website.

Dine-In Event with Local Thyme in Whitehouse

Support Autism Awareness Month with a dine-in event at Local Thyme! From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on April 26, a percentage of all food sales will be donated to Bittersweet! Great food, great cause, great thyme!  

#BittersweetStrong Campaign in Lima

Betty’s Farm is partnering with local businesses to promote autism awareness and acceptance.  Throughout April, the local community is invited to learn about autism and Betty’s Farm by visiting a business that is a part of the #BittersweetStrong campaign.  The #BittersweetStrong campaign will be spreading awareness and acceptance by showcasing different works of art created by individuals at Betty’s Farm.  Local businesses participating in this campaign include the Wingate by Wyndham, Beauty by Jill Day Spa, Kelly’s Boutique, The Meeting Place on Market Restaurant, and the Fresh and Faded Barber Shop.

The #BittersweetStrong campaign is free and open to the public during each business’s working hours.  The businesses will be showcasing the following: 

                Wingate by Wyndham: Beach Themed Art

                Beauty by Jill Day Spa: Decorated Wine Bottles, Bird and Ivy Art

                Kelly’s Boutique: Stained Glass Art

                The Meeting Place on Market Restaurant: Photography and Mixed Media Art

                Fresh and Faded Barber Shop: 12x12 Scene Paintings