Mark­ing Autism Day at Har­bour Grace Pri­mary

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Har­bour Grace Pri­mary cel­e­brated World Autism Aware­ness Day on Tues­day, April 23. Our school was alive in a sea of blue with all stu­dents and staff mem­bers wear­ing the colour blue to sup­port Autism Aware­ness.

Stu­dents were treated to blue ice cream and blue jell-o served by the Grade 5 stu­dents. Dur­ing the day, Christopher Deddee, provin­cial out­reach co-or­di­na­tor with the Autism So­ci­ety of New­found­land and Labrador, vis­ited our school and gave a very in­for­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tion to all stu­dents.

Har­bour Grace Pri­mary teacher, Mrs. B. Sin­gle­ton, also gave pre­sen­ta­tions to stu­dents about autism and how any­one can be a friend to some­one with autism. A dis­play of in­di­vid­ual puz­zle pieces of red, blue and yel­low was a won­der­ful wel­come to those en­ter­ing the build­ing. The school’s art gallery also came alive with a dis­play of fam­ily puz­zle pieces by stu­dents in the shape of the autism rib­bon.

• What is World Autism Aware­ness Day? In 2007, the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly de­clared April 2 as World Autism Aware­ness Day (WAAD) with the goal of bring­ing the world’s at­ten­tion to autism, a per­va­sive dis­or­der that af­fects tens of mil­lions glob­ally.

• What is Light It Up Blue? A unique global ini­tia­tive to help raise aware­ness about the grow­ing pub­lic health con­cern that is autism.

Light it Up Blue was launched by Autism Speaks in 2010 in sup­port of World Autism Aware­ness Day (WAAD), which takes place on April 2. Iconic land­marks around the world Light It Up Blue in cel­e­bra­tion of World Autism Aware­ness Day to show their sup­port! Did you know … • autism now af­fects 1 in 88 chil­dren and 1 in 54 boys (March 2012 statistic);

• the 2012 num­bers re­flect a 78 per cent in­crease in re­ported preva­lence in the last six years; • autism preva­lence fig­ures are grow­ing; • boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism, and;

• there is no med­i­cal de­tec­tion or cure for autism.

Autism is a per­va­sive med­i­cal con­di­tion that re­quires ef­fec­tive treat­ment and proper sup­ports. With the right treat­ments, ser­vices and sup­ports, in­di­vid­u­als with autism are able to reach their full po­ten­tial.

The sym­bol of autism is the puz­zle piece. On a na­tion­wide level, the puz­zle piece sym­bol re­flects the mys­tery and com­plex­ity of Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­der (ASD). Also, since ev­ery puz­zle piece is dif­fer­ent in some way, the sym­bol ac­cu­rately rep­re­sents the di­ver­sity of the in­di­vid­u­als af­fected.

Our mes­sage is KIND­NESS, PA­TIENCE and UN­DER­STAND­ING be­cause Aware­ness Mat­ters. — Sub­mit­ted by Brenda Sin­gle­ton, teacher li­brar­ian/Grade 5 at

Har­bour Grace Pri­mary

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Har­bour Grace Pri­mary cel­e­brated World Autism Aware­ness Day on Tues­day, April 23. Here are some im­ages from the event.

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