CDS Monarch, a CDS Life Transitions Co., will host a number of events in April in honor of Autism Awareness Month as an opportunity to teach important life skills to those with autism. The Autism Skill Building Program at CDS Monarch will focus on life lessions for individuals with autism. The major focus will be community integration, with skills like making new friends and respect, instead of separation of events and segregating those with autism from those without.

This week, the group has extended days and kids will be able to get out into their community, CDS Monarch officials said in a statement Tuesday. By going out to lunch and visiting community places, children are able to work on conversation skills, independence and manners.

CDS Monarch has planned an outing to Dave & Buster’s for Thursday afternoon for individuals in its program.