April is National Autism Awareness month. In recognition and celebration of this, buildings in the McGuffey School District have been lighted blue. “Light It Up Blue” is an international effort to spread awareness of autism.
As we are all aware, or should be, autism is becoming more prevalent each year. The statistics are staggering. As a mother of two children who have this diagnosis, I want to take the opportunity to commend McGuffey and their outstanding staff and program for children with autism. Few schools have the courage to meet this head on. They have taken the initiative to mainstream them with other children. The program, headed by Megan Van Fossan, strives to offer programs that help these children deal with the day-to-day challenges of having autism. In return, other children learn about their disabilities and accept them as normal children. Children with autism find their own sense of being normal and being with them only makes you closer to them.
If you have a child or know someone who has a child who is autistic and your school is not doing enough for them, ask them why not. If you do not get the response you deserve, call McGuffey, I’m sure that they can help you.