IRRAWANG High School had a visually colourful group raising awareness at school, and in the community, this week for a very special cause.
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Students in the Support Classes at Irrawang wanted to participate in the month of awareness and acceptance for people with Autism.
They decided to hold a ‘Walk for Autism Week’ at the school to raise funds, awareness and support.
The theme for Autism acceptance month for 2018 is “Another step towards a world where no-one on the autism spectrum is left behind”.
The students in the support classes wholeheartedly embraced this message, and did a wonderful job raising awareness this week.
Students and staff participating in the week-long event donned bright green shirts, and pledged to walk 10,000 steps for seven days.
Along the way, they sold raffled tickets for 50 cents each or 3 for $1 to supporters.
School representative Lue Fagan told News Of The Area, “It was a lovely idea the students and staff came up with, raise awareness and acceptance for such a special cause.”
“It was impossible to miss the lime green t-shirts and the big smiles on the faces of this wonderful group.”
“Irrawang High School, and the greater community, is so proud of their efforts,” she said.
Autism is typically a developmental disability that affects the way a person is able to process information, but is completely varied from person to person as to how they are individually affected.
Generally speaking, having Autism can affect a person’s understanding of and use of language to communicate, social skills, responses to sensory stimuli and the way they learn and absorb information.
Autism now affects one in 88 children, and one in 54 boys.
Autism affects every child differently, they cannot be grouped together, each requiring different support.
Awareness and acceptance is the key.
By Rachael VAUGHAN