April is Autism Awareness Month and the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns is celebrating what makes everyone different.
At Washington Irving, students are dressed in blue today and wearing stickers with pictures of puzzle pieces that say, “Autism touches all of us.”
Some of the WI students have relatives with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and they want to promote a culture of understanding. “They are like us. Many people with autism are just as intelligent and kind and they can do what we can,” said fifth-grader Annadele Dyott.
Special Education teacher Kelly Campana shared a video of a student speaking about ASD with the entire District.
Campano said it is important for students to understand that all children have differences. “Our general education students don’t look twice at other children. In fact, the students in our Communication Skills class are greeted in the hallways like rock stars. Students go to Physical Education and lunch together and play. ”
Fourth-grader Adrian Guzman visits Campano’s class regularly and explained how he brightened the day of a child who like bubbles. “I put the bottle of bubbles near the air conditioner and it became a bubble room. It made him happy and me happy.”