“Disappointed”

Today is World Autism Awareness Day…But you wouldn’t know it. Save for my son’s school, I saw and heard nothing about the significance of the day. As I have stated before, I am a middle school educator. There was no mention of the day on the announcements, no posters, or other information hanging on the walls of the school, and other than myself, no one educating students about autism. This evidence suggests that the autism community has a lot of work to do. There are many students with autism in nearly all public schools nationwide. With the prevalence of bullying, you would think that schools would take the time to educate the students, faculty, and staff…but I guess that’s my job right? That’s why I have now dedicated my efforts to join with others locally, regionally, and nationally to bring greater awareness, tolerance, and appreciation to the world of autism…MJ deserves it.

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13 thoughts on ““Disappointed”

  1. If it helps, my daughter’s school “went blue” of Autism. All three of us wore blue today. But I do agree, there is a long way to go to spead awareness. None of the special education teachers at the school I work at even knew, which was super disappointing.

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  2. Other than what I saw because I like #autismspeaks, I knew to light it up blue in honor of world autism day. It’s so weird because it doesn’t get the attention and respect it deserves because we do have students with AU and we should honor and support them school wide. It’s not right.

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  3. I knew that today was World Autism Day. I like #autismspeaks so I shared their posts on my fb page. I thought it would’ve been great to see waves of blue and emails from the SPED department sent to the school to support our AU students. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and I wish I’d taken the opportunity to ask our school to wear blue in honor of today. All schools don’t ignore it- I’ve worked at another location where they sold multicolored puzzle pins in honor of WAD. I was so excited and pleased. I still have that pin to this day.
    We have to support all SPED students/families equally and they need to know we’re here for ALL not some. #autismmatters

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  4. Your ministry is in full bloom. I know you are going to be a great advocate for not just MJ,but all autistic children.

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