To kick off Autism Awareness month, students and staff decorated the lounge of CIP Berkeley with blue lights and lanterns. Students and staff joined together wearing their blue CIP T-Shirts in support of Autism Awareness and posed for a few photo opportunities. The goofy pictures really capture the fun spirit of the CIP Berkeley crew!
CIP students reconnected with nature as they explored the hills of Milpitas, California on horseback. Temple Grandin once said, “People and animals are supposed to be together. We spent quite a long time evolving together, and we used to be partners.” Our horseback riding adventure allowed students to gain a greater sense of themselves and their bodies in relation to their equine partners and the surrounding nature.
We Rock the Spectrum, an all inclusive gym for children of all ability levels, hosted an Autism Resource Fair on April 2nd. CIP students helped to transform the gym into an information fair showcasing local resources for young children on the Autism Spectrum. CIP-Berkeley students showed great enthusiasm as they were setting-up for the event. After the set-up was complete, CIP students continued to contribute to the event by engaging and entertaining the children as their parents toured the resource fair.
CIP Berkeley students volunteered their time at the Alameda County Community Food Bank sorting produce to be distributed to community members in need. The students worked tirelessly and contributed to the over 7,200lbs of oranges and 1,260lbs of corn that were sorted and bagged for distribution that day! After the work was done, CIP students were invited on a warehouse tour and attended a brief presentation that highlighted the true impact of their work.