Autism Action Partnership (, AAP) is hosting a celebration of World Autism Day April 7 from noon to 3 p.m. at Omaha’s Gene Leahy Mall at the RiverFront. The community celebration will include yard games and booths featuring community partners, friends and other champions for autism.

Several community partners will be providing games and activities and The Omaha Police Department’s mounted patrol will also make an appearance. Gotta Be Me’s Heartlight Choir will perform on the stage at 12:30 p.m. for a dance party.

“Our goal is to create an opportunity to socialize, have fun and celebrate with the autism community,” said Michaela Ahrens, Senior Director of Programs for Autism Action Partnership.

The event is the kickoff for Autism Acceptance Month. AAP will be launching their annual billboard campaign, with the theme “Uniqueness Unites Us.” The month long campaign to spread autism awareness and acceptance will include an online toolbox, developed by UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute and hosted on the AAP website, for businesses, organizations and anyone wanting to learn more, promote and celebrate Autism Acceptance Month.

Autism Action Partnership serves the Nebraska autism community through targeted programs that promote support, inclusion and prosperity to improve the quality of life of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families. Learn more at