On Friday, April 21, 2017, Eisenhower Elementary School held an Autism Celebration assembly in honor of students with autism. The students gathered in the gym and were read a story that encouraged them to appreciate themselves and what they have to offer. Each student was given a sign that read “Hooray For You!!!”, which they held up every time the book came to a motivational point. They were also given refreshments and staff wore t-shirts that read “You are Au-Some”.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. More than 3.5 million Americans currently live with ASD, and 1 in 68 children are born with a variation of it, so it’s likely you know, whether or not you’re aware of it, someone on the autism spectrum.
With a growing incidence in the country, The Autism Society was founded in 1965 and in the early 1970s began a nationwide campaign to raise awareness. The first National Autism Awareness Month occurred in April of 1970. Nearly 50 years later, April is still celebrated as a time to raise awareness around the differences of those on the spectrum, supporting people and educating the public on autism.
For more information on Autism Awareness Month or “Light it Up Blue”, visit the Autism Speaks website at www.autismspeaks.org
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.