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April is Autism Awareness Month  

                               The 9th Annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2017
April is Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Day will be commemorated on April 2nd. Every day, the millions of Americans living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, activities are planned in our schools to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its' impacts on the daily lives of our friends, our neighbors and, in some cases, our own families.  Autism Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise our students’ understanding of autism and raise awareness of autism in our school community. 

ASD is a developmental disability that can cause major social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Signs of ASD begin during early childhood and usually last throughout a person's life.The cause of most cases of ASD is unknown, and there is currently no cure.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that about one in 68 children has been identified with ASD. There remains an urgent need to continue research into causes of, and effective interventions for, ASD and to help children living with ASD to achieve their potential.  


The Character Education Committee has confirmed plans for the school's activities during the week of April 3-7.  Classroom teachers will use the recorded book and video, “Since We’re Friends” by Celeste Shally and David Harrington, to raise awareness of autism and to teach tolerance and understanding for students with disabilities.  Classroom discussions and activities will be centered on this story.  Activities will include a bookmark contest; the sale of wristbands after school; cutting, coloring and assembling of puzzle pieces for display; and Autism Speaks Materials such as pencils and temporary tattoos will be distributed. On Friday, April 7th, students will be encouraged to dress in blue to mark Autism Awareness Week.


The school will commemorate Autism Awareness Month starting with a fundraiser in the cafeteria during lunch periods - wristbands will be sold all week for $1 and the proceeds will go to Autism Speaks. Specials about Autism will be shown on BTV, and a district parent will speak with Peer Leaders about Autism.  Students will wear blue on April 7th to promote Autism awareness.     

For more information on resources available for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, their families, and caregivers, see: