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Weddington Elementary recognizes World Autism Awareness Day
April 2nd is considered as "World Autism Awareness Day" and Weddington Elementary School will recognize the day by incorporating activities into lessons and wearing blue. Autism is a disability that affects how a person communicates and socially interacts. Since it has no physical signs, some students can find it hard to understand. Autism affects millions of people around the world.
Did you know:
- Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism
Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. World wide support is shown on World Autism Awareness Day by the "Light it up Blue" campaign in which famous buildings all over the world will light up blue.
There are many ways in which Weddington Elementary School will help raise awareness, including wearing a blue ribbon; incorporating activities into lessons; professional learning sessions for staff, and/or special events.
More information about World Autism Awareness Day, check out www.autismspeaks.org
Written by: Stacie Davis
Posted: Apr 01, 2014 by Stacie Davis