(May 10, 2014) Newtown, CT -- On Saturday, Autism Speaks proudly partnered with C.H. Booth Library in Newtown to dedicate a new Autism Resource Center in memory of Rachel D’Avino and Anne Marie Murphy, educators at Sandy Hook Elementary who dedicated their lives to those on the autism spectrum.
Several members of the D’Avino family were in attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Autism Speaks President Liz Feld and Executive Vice President of Strategic Communications Michael Rosen were on hand to represent Autism Speaks.
During her remarks, Liz praised the commitment and extraordinary work of these teachers for their students and the autism community. Jennifer Reilly, Secretary of C.H. Booth Library, also spoke about the new Resource Center and thanked Autism Speaks for donating books and educational information about autism. An iPad preloaded with autism apps were also among the items donated on behalf of the organization.
The new center has a comfortable seating area and displays original artwork donated by a local autism advocacy organization.