World Autism Awareness Day

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.

Experts say one out of every one hundred and ten kids have the developmental disability.

Blake Lambdin is a freshman at Bell County High School.

He might have autism, but that does not define him or his peers with the disorder.

Ashlee Smith also has autism.

Both her and Blake say little, but do much.

"They love you and they want to learn... They are so excited about it," said Ken Johnson, a special education teacher.

To combat their repetitive needs to touch, teachers encourage fist pumps.

Experts say every child with autism is different.

Some cases are more severe than others.

Educators say getting the word out, will help these children.

"Make the public aware. Make the community aware. Make the parents aware. Then maybe we are going to be able to identify more children..and in doing so, we can enhance that child's life," said Vivian Lasley with Bell County Schools.

There are nearly 30 students with the disorder in Bell County Schools.

Educators say it's key for those with autism to be around typical kids as much as possible.

Teachers try to make sure these kids reach all their goals.

If you would like some more information about autism, just check out Ashley's Extras.

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