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Raising Awareness on World Autism Day 2014

Inquiring Minds is delighted to share today’s post, which was written by one of Richland Academy’s Grade Three students.  X.M. read this piece on our morning announcements today, and we are very proud of him for taking the initiative to share this important message from his perspective.The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is today, April 2, 2014. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day. Autism Speaks is an organization that celebrates ‘Light It Up Blue’ along with the International Autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations’ World Autism Awareness Day. ‘Light It Up Blue’ is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores, including the CN tower will “go blue”. This year I am proud to say that Richland is wearing blue and our social media sites are blue today too.

Kids with autism often can’t make connections that other kids make easily. Many kids who have autism have trouble understanding what emotions look like and what other kids are thinking. They might act in a way that seems unusual, and it can be hard to understand why they’re doing it. Imagine trying to understand what your teacher is saying if you didn’t know what her words really mean.Some kids who have mild symptoms will graduate high school and may go to college and live on their own. Some are super bright such as those with Asperger’s syndrome. These include famous people like Alexander Graham Bell (telephone inventor) and Albert Einstein, who have been thought to have Aspergers. But many will always need some kind of help. But all will have brighter futures when they have the support and understanding of their families, doctors, teachers, therapists, and friends. So be sure to be a friend!

Thanks Richland Academy for supporting Autism Awareness Day.



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