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Health Briefs: STD screenings; autism awareness; alcohol screening

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Monday, April 08, 2013 12:01 am
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will air a series of ads featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases until June 23 in the “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign. The ads include people from population groups who were not included in last year's ads, including American Indian/Alaska Native and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities.For more information on the campaign, including profiles of the former smokers, links to the ads and free quit help, go to www.cdc.gov/tips.Planned Parenthood of Indiana will offer free STD screenings during April as part of the “Get Yourself Tested” campaign. Appointments are encouraged but not required.

For more information, or to make an appointment, call 1-800-230-7526.Second Steps, LLC and SensoryCritters.com will co-host autism awareness fun free activities 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Second Steps Autism Resource Community Center, 4118 N. Clinton St. Firetrucks, police cars and ambulances will be on hand for attendees to view, and local fire, police and EMS professionals will be available to answer questions. The first 75 children will receive free kites to decorate and take home. Dare to Dream Youth Ranch, which provides therapeutic horseback riding to Second Steps clients and other special-needs children, will have horses at the event and distribute information on the second annual autism camp to be held this summer.

For more information on Second Steps LLC, visit www.SecondStepsLLC.com or call 373-1050.

For more information on SensoryCritters.com, visit www.SensoryCraver.com or call 373-0900.National Alcohol Screening Day is Sunday and screening events will be held across the country. In person and online screenings will be available for free and anonymously. To take the assessment, go to www.HowDoYouScore.org.April is Abortion Recovery Month and IPFW Students for Life will host a series of speakers and discussions to provide nonjudgmental support to women who have been affected by abortion and increase public awareness of both the possible effects of abortion and options for support after abortion. Events are held on the IPFW campus, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Star Parker, founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, will speak at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Walb Student Union ballroom; Georgette Forney, co-founder of the National Silent No More Awareness Campaign, will speak at 7 p.m. April 24 in Walb Student Union ballroom; and a panel discussion entitled “Does Abortion Affect Women?” takes place at noon April 30 in Walb Union, Rooms 222-226. All events are open to the public.Successfully Accessible Webinar Series' next session will be at noon April 24. The topic is “How to Plan a Successful Visit for the Sight Impaired.” “Planning for a Successful Visit for Wheelchair Users and Mobility Issues” takes place at noon May 22, and “Training Your Staff: Dos and Don'ts” takes place at noon June 16.

To register for the April 24 session, go to http://fifthfreedom.org/u/n4. To register for the upcoming sessions go to http://fifthfreedom.org/u/lj.May is National Mobility Awareness Month, and National Mobility Awareness Month partners are giving away three customized wheelchair-accessible vehicles. For a chance to win, people must enter a 400-word story or two-minute video telling how they have overcome the challenges of living with a disability by volunteering, educating, advocating, achieving or persevering. Winning stories or videos will be chosen by public votes. The contest ends May 10.

To enter, go to www.mobilityawarenessmonth.com/local-heroes/enter/.


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