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Emilee's Petition: 3rd Grader Asks School to Spread Autism Awareness

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.

Autism Awareness
by Emilee

Hello, I'm Emilee, and I think we should celebrate Autism Awareness Day more seriously. Come on. You may be thinking, "What does a puzzle piece in a light bulb have to do with it?" Well, the puzzle piece stands for how people with autism learn. The light bulb is the thing that shines to make people learn about autism.

Kids with autism are just like normal kids. Don't you agree? Autism is when a person learns differently than other people. I should know because someone in my family has autism, and he is really young. He learns differently than me. For example, he likes it when it's quiet and he takes a couple of years to learn stuff.

When Autism Awareness Day comes on April 2nd, we are excited, but when I see what we do, I get sad and say, "This is not fair. This can be fixed." So every year you should go and buy blue balloons and let them go outside. I do that. You should agree. Autism should be treated more seriously. This isn't fair. This could be better. We should treat this like your favorite toy or anything. This can be so much better if we can just do something to make all the people that have autism happy including babies and little kids. You can buy a "Light it up Blue" bracelet or T-shirt or pin and a blue light bulb.

I think we should celebrate Autism Awareness Day more seriously by buying a blue light bulb or balloon (if they have any). It's a good cause.

I am putting my name below to show that I will celebrate Autism Awareness Day more seriously.


Learn how you can Light It Up Blue here

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