In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the Freeport Area School District is taking this opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of the staff and students of the District's Autistic Support Program.
While teaching students to accept others for their differences is something that we strive to teach year-round, this month we will put an emphasis on educating students about autism. Our goal is to help students understand that children with autism are different but not less, that they may have difficulty communicating, interacting with others, making eye contact, and controlling their behaviors, but nevertheless children with autism are intelligent, caring, humorous, silly, and helpful.
Students from the regular education classrooms volunteer to spend time with students in the autistic support classroom. This is beneficial for all students involved. Not only do the students with autism learn social skills from their peers, but the students without disabilities learn to accept, help, and care. Since they see a side of autism that others might not see, the students are creating videos to share on Best TV through the month of April. The videos will not only give facts about autism, but they will also tell what they like about their friends with autism and what makes them unique.
It is our job as a society to teach acceptance and spread awareness… not just in April, but every day.
The District's Autistic Support Program works to meet the needs of each child with an individualized program. The Program has been in place since 2014.