This guest post is written by Kaity Meagher, the President and Founder of the Autism Speaks U Chapter at Marist College. Autism Speaks U, an initiative of Autism Speaks that is designed to support college students, faculty and staff in their awareness, advocacy and fundraising efforts.
After a unit on opinion writing in their third grade class, students were asked to write a petition about an issue they care about. One student Emilee, who has a little brother with autism, chose autism awareness and shared her petition at the "petition fair" during Autism Awareness Month. Emilee worked hard to collect several signatures from students and teachers in various grades.
This Heart of Autism post is by Kim Jansen, a teacher in Sherman, Conn. Kim tells about her experience with Josh, an extraordinary 13-year-old on the spectrum who is determined to spread autism awareness in his community.
Posted by Amy Daniels, PhD, Autism Speaks assistant director for public health research
This blog post is from Glen Finland on her experience at Washington Nationals Autism Awareness Day 2013 at Nationals Park! Glen is the author of Next Stop: An Autistic Son Grows Up, Penguin's 2012 Pick for National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Guest post by journalist Nick Compton, of China’s Global Journalism Institute, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Last month, China joined in celebrating World Autism Awareness Day with a stream of media coverage, fundraisers and service projects advancing the causes of our autism community.
This Heart of Autism post tells the story of Selena Vale, a 12-year-old with autism who decided to teach her class about autism, and more about herself, in celebration of Autism Awareness Month! The post is written by Jaclyn Lowdermilk, Selena’s Resource Specialist. Jaclyn met Selena this school year and will never forget all that she has learned from this amazing young lady.