“Autism … offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by.” ~ Dr. Colin Zimbleman, Ph.D.
A World Autism Awareness Day celebration at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Elementary School put the “awe” into autism.
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), held on April 2, is a day dedicated to raising public awareness by recognizing individuals who live with Autism Spectrum Disorder, “including our own classmates, family members, neighbours and friends,” said Vice-Principal Kevin Mielko.
According to Autism Canada, the prevalence of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is increasing. It is now the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in Canada.
A school-wide assembly and classroom activities sought to raise awareness and acceptance of students living with ASD by celebrating differences.
“As a school community, we continue to promote our Board philosophy ‘Each Belongs’ in everything we do,” added Mielko.