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TDSB Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day

Monday, April 03, 2017
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB

Today, April 3, we join together with Autism Ontario to Raise the Flag in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day. Staff and Trustees joined Director of Education John Malloy during this morning's flag raising ceremony at the Toronto District School Board head offices in North York.

On this day, we celebrate with many municipalities and 300 schools across Ontario as they Raise the Flag. Various schools will raise the Autism Ontario Awareness flag to promote awareness and understanding. 

This campaign is a simple yet powerful way of helping students, teachers and communities discuss Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The first Raise the Flag event began in April 2010 when Shari Bishop-Hume of London, Ontario wanted to bring more awareness to Autism. With support from her family, the community, professionals and advocates, it was decided that the flag could be raised on April 2nd in support of World Autism Day.  

ASD is a complex neurological disorder that has a lifelong effect on the development of various abilities and skills.  ASD is characterized by challenges in communication and social interaction, as well as unusual patterns of behaviours, interests and activities. 

Let’s join together to support the 3,000 TDSB students who have ASD every day, and help promote an increase in awareness and understanding of this disorder.


 

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