Autism in Long Beach to Host “Bully-Free” Picnic With Skateboarders

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Collaborative Autism Summer PicnicAutism in Long Beach, a local non-profit dedicated to providing awareness, resources, and support for families on the spectrum, will partner with Long Beach Skate Company, and others, to present its first-ever Collaborative Autism Summer Picnic, Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Bixby Park.

The theme for the event is “Bully Free Zone” and will include keynote speaker Annie Fox, who will speak about bullying issues. Skatedogs will sponsor a mobile skatepark and skateboarding jam session. Participants will learn how to balance on boards, and enjoy giveaways. Activities will also include:

  • Workshop presented by Louise Sattler, on ASL (American Sign Language) for families dealing with non-verbal issues.
  • Live Reggae Music with Jah Beloved
  • Food
  • Vendors

Jane Tipton, founder of Autism in Long Beach, looks forward to the collaborative effort.

“The Long Beach skate scene had its early beginnings at Bixby Park. We felt it would be cool to invite our local skaters and BMXer’s to be involved in our event,” said Tipton. “It will be exciting to see our local skateboarders having fun with our kids in the park.”

For over a decade, Skatedogs has provided skateboarding lessons to people of all ages.

“For several years our company has contracted with Long Beach to teach youth how to ride and enjoy the sport of skateboarding in a positive and safe way,” said Dillon Nicholson, of Skatedogs. “We are happy to be involved and will be providing our mobile skate park, skateboards and safety gear for the kids.”

Mike Donelon, former Councilman and founder of the Long Beach Skate Park Program and chairperson of ASK Long Beach looks forward to the event.

“The City of Long Beach has been very supportive of our kids and skate parks,” said Donelon. “The kids that ride our skate parks are honored and excited to be a part of this special event with Autism in Long Beach and Autism Youth Sports League to have the opportunity to give back to the community.”

Long Beach Skate actively builds and promotes skatepark development within the community.

“As a local business our skate shop is honored to have the opportunity to give back to the community in this way.”, said Tim Scanlan, owner of Long Beach Skate Company.

The Autism Summer Picnic, Sunday, June 12, 2011 from noon to 5 p.m. at Bixby Park 130 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, 90803. The skateboarding jam session that will begin at 2:30 p.m.The event is free and open to the public.

Families with special needs children who attend the Autism Collaborative Summer Picnic can expect a heartfelt effort to foster compassion, patience, and empathy for children with autism.

Sponsors for the event include:

Autism in Long Beach, Long Beach Skate Company, Skatedogs, Autism Youth Sports League, and Long Beach Skate Park group, ASK Long Beach.

About Autism in Long Beach:
Autism in Long Beach provides Awareness, Resources, and Support for Families on the Spectrum. Our goal is to raise Community Awareness and Inclusion for our families in Long Beach and Surrounding areas. Our purpose is to gather residents and demand that Long Beach become the #1 city globally to take care of our Special Needs families. Autism in Long Beach is founded by Jane Tipton, the CEO and proud mother of an Autistic 4-year-old son. For more information, please visit

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