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Shine Brighter Together

Saturday, April 6, 2024
11:00 am2:00 pm
Wheaton Regional Park
2000 Shorefield Road
Wheaton, MD 20902

April is Autism Acceptance Month! To recognize its significance, various organizations from across the county are “shining brighter together” at a fun family-friendly event at Wheaton Regional Park! Participate in hands-on, sensory-friendly activities while learning more about autism and the variety of resources available in Montgomery County. Attendees will also have an opportunity to help decorate Buddy Benches that will remain at select Montgomery Parks. Bring a picnic or purchase food from an on-site food vendor.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Rain Date is Saturday, April 13.

What's a "buddy bench"? Buddy Benches were invented to combat loneliness and bullying in schools, playgrounds, and parks. It’s a way for individuals to signal to others that they are feeling lonely and isolated and need a friend to play with or someone to talk to. The bench allows others to see when another needs support or a friend, and they can join them on the bench for a chat or invite them to play. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

The event will include a sign language interpreter, a sensory retreat tent, wheelchairs, walkers, and other adaptive equipment, and Park Police Search and Rescue Division and Mounted Units. To request other reasonable modifications, please contact 301-495-2581 or