GRAFTON, W.Va. – Taylor County Middle School students raise awareness of autism.
In honor of Autism Awareness Month in April, students and staff take the entire week to learn about autism and how they can interact with someone on the spectrum.
Students can pledge their support and put a piece of the puzzle on the wall with their name on it or join fun events like Hat Day where they can donate $ 1 to wear a hat. All money raised from the events will contribute to autism research.
The team said one of the biggest things they try to teach students is how to communicate with people on the spectrum in case they run into someone in high school or later in life at their job.
“It’s hard for them to communicate. It’s hard for them to make friends. So, we’re trying to pass it on to the student here and what they can do like invite them and ask them to sit down for lunch. Just say ‘hi’ to them. Just general general social skills so they can feel included and be part of something big. More”. Said Cheryl Lipcomb, an English teacher in Taylor County Middle School and organizer of the week.
This was the first year in Taylor County Middle School held an Autism Awareness Week. Scott Hage, the school principal, said he was thrilled when Lipscomb brought the idea to the board.
“The concept of education, awareness and getting to know people who are on the spectrum and suffering from autism is just another aspect of education that we are trying to do here,” Haig said. …. Be a part of educating young people what they can expect and how to interact with people who have social difficulties and social interaction because they actually want to be just like everyone else, they want to be able to talk and communicate and play. Interact just like everyone else, if we can help break those barriers And we can have every little part of it.
As of Wednesday, the school has raised $ 150 to contribute to autism research.
Their next event is to wear blue on April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day.