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Shining Light during Autism Awareness Month


The month of April is known as the world awareness month for Autism. This month is meant to provide opportunities and understanding people with autism and fostering worldwide support. This day is meant to help create a world in which autistic individuals are fully supported, championed and celebrated, we must all work together to achieve true acceptance. Another special day within this month, is the official World Autism Awareness Day. It became an official holiday under by the United Nations General Assembly resolution adopted on December 18, 2007, originally proposed by Representatives of the State Qatar, and supported by all member states.

What is Autism or the autism spectrum disorder? According to “What is Autism” by Autism Speaks, “Autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children and 1 in 45 adults in the United States today.” There isn’t only one type of “autism,” as many think; there are many different types of kinds under this spectrum, such as autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).

During this month-long happening meant to educate others, many activities and events are made to promote the acceptance of Autism, such as having booths at school campuses to show students educational resources and how to support those around us with Autism. Some colleges set up workshops and conferences to provide information to educators and students to allow the education of students. A common way to get this knowledge to people worldwide is by having online campaigns on social media, posting community presentations for public awareness and understanding of Autism.

So remember, Autism Awareness Month is a moment to celebrate the uniqueness and potential of every individual on the autism spectrum. Every voice deserves to be heard and embraced for who they are!

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Vanessa Hernandez
Vanessa Hernandez, Reporter
Vanessa is a senior and is involved in the Academy of Health Sciences. She’s a first-year staff member of The Orange & Green. She enjoys reading in her free time or listening to music. Vanessa is also involved in many clubs on campus; she enjoys trying new things to challenge herself. Vanessa is also a participant in Link Crew here at Porterville High. 

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