Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism and science advocacy organization, has 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.
The organization says this unique space includes approximately 150 books and resources about autism, including an iPad pre-loaded with autism apps that were donated by Autism Speaks. A comfortable seating area was also designed for the center and displays original artwork donated by a local autism advocacy organization.
The new space will be dedicated during a ceremony at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Several members of the D’Avino family will be in attendance, along with:
- Liz Feld, President, Autism Speaks
- Michael Rosen, Executive Vice President of Strategic Communications, Autism Speaks
- Beryl Harrison, Acting Director of C.H. Booth Library
- Jennifer Reilly, Secretary of C.H. Booth Library
D'Avino and Murphy were among the 26 students and educators killed at Sandy Hook School on Dec. 14, 2012.
The C.H. Booth Library is located at 25 Main St., Newtown, Conn.