Hiran Ratnayake
Senior Communications Manager
Department of External Affairs

Public Invited to Autism Awareness Event

WHAT: Christiana Care will host an autism awareness event to help create a greater understanding in the community about people with autism who live and work in the community.

The event includes a showing of Extraordinary People, a documentary that follows the story of six very different individuals on the autism spectrum as they deal with personal challenges and find meaningful value through their work at a business called Extraordinary Ventures.

Following the conclusion of the documentary, Charmaine Wright, M.D., medical director of the Center for Special Health Care Needs, will moderate a panel discussion that includes leaders who help support people with autism who live and work in Delaware. Panelists include:

  • Katina Demetriou, POW&R program director for Autism Delaware.
  • Patricia Pfarrer, director of workforce development programs for The Precisionists.
  • MaryAnn Nolan, co-founder of Waggies by Maggie and Friends.

About one in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to estimates from U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. April is World Autism Month.

WHERE: Main Auditorium, Christiana Hospital’s John H. Ammon Medical Education Center at 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Rd., Newark, Del.

WHEN: Thursday, April 11 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration: Train by Cell:

About Christiana Care Health System
Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Christiana Care is one of the country’s most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. Christiana Care includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,227 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. Christiana Care is a not-for-profit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. We are continually ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Hospital. With our unique, data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, Christiana Care is shaping the future of health care. Learn how we deliver greater quality and value at