World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day
Posted on 04/02/2020
World Autism Awareness Day

April is Autism Awareness Month, and while typical school celebrations and recognition ceremonies are not possible at this time, we wanted to highlight that Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 is World Autism Awareness Day.

Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects one in 66 children and it affects the way they interact and communicate with those around them. Each child and adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is unique and has their own strengths, gifts, and support needs.

The transition to adulthood remains a significant challenge for many individuals with ASD. This year the United Nations observance of World Autism Awareness Day draws attention to issues of concern related to the transition to adulthood such as the importance of participation in youth culture, participation in the community, access to post-secondary education and employment, and independent living.

The butterfly is our school board’s symbol for Autism Awareness and it reflects the diversity of each person with autism and the journey we are all on together. You are invited to take part virtually by using our Butterfly colouring page and sharing your celebrations at #WAAD2020. Or send them to [email protected].

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