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