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Huntsville City Schools Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

Huntsville City Schools students, teachers, and staff celebrated Autism Awareness Month at a special event held at the Academy for Science and Foreign Language.  The theme was designed to highlight the individual talents of everyone as a way to recognize the ability, not the disability.  Students performed skits with the theme of showcasing their unique “superpower,” along with a musical performance by the Whitesburg School Choir.

Autism Awareness Month is a part of an annual, nationwide effort to embrace everyone and recognize self-determination with the goal of providing the highest possible quality of life. The idea is to focus on acceptance and inclusion in our schools and communities and to value the unique talents and gifts of those with ASD (autism spectrum disorder).  Tens of thousands are diagnosed with autism every year.  According the latest study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1 in every 68 children born in the U.S. are likely to have some form of ASD.  Even though a child cannot outgrow autism, it is treatable and early intervention can lead to significant improvements.

Schools and offices across the district participated in Autism awareness day on April 24, 2018 by wearing blue.  See some of the participants below: