Paulina Swain ’19, Social Media Manager
The twelfth annual World Autism Awareness day is April 2, where the nations come together to bring awareness and attention to those living with autism across the world. With fundraisers and research projects, there are people out there looking for the factors that induce Autism and they are also looking for a cure, but either is yet to be found.
One in every 59 people in the world, are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum disorder, before the age of four. Today there is still no main cause, but researchers believe that genetics are involved in the vast majority of cases. Although there is no known cure, there are many ways to care and raise children who are diagnosed,so they can develop in healthy ways.
There is support from people across the political spectrum and all around the community that allows kids to get the help that they need. “On World Autism Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in the 2019 World Autism Awareness Day observance.
In order to focus and pay closer attention to learn in school, some of the special needs kids need a more one-on-one classroom experience,Most schools have a special education system for this.
At South Lyon High School, we have our own program called PEER’s where students are able to spend one of their hours helping those in the special education program, whether it is aiding them in their classrooms with their work or helping with social interaction’s, and they want to effectively communicate with and develop a relationship with their peer.
“Being a part of the PEER’s program at our school has been a lot of fun; I love being able to help the kids that need it, and it has taught me a lot as well,” senior Emily Kalinowski said.
As a nation our goal for this day is to make sure we are spreading awarness for those who are diagnosed with autism.
Photo courtesy of Spectrum: Autism Research News