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Clint Junior High School Students Celebrate Autism Awareness: Spreading Knowledge Through Daily Broadcasts


Clint Junior High School Students Celebrate Autism Awareness: Spreading Knowledge Through Daily Broadcasts

Clint, Texas – The compassionate students of Clint Junior High School (CJHS) are making a difference this Autism Awareness Month. Through their daily broadcasts, they are shedding light on autism and promoting understanding within our school community.

Why Autism Awareness Matters

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects many children, and it’s essential that we all learn more about it. Here are some crucial facts:

  1. Prevalence: ASD now affects 1 in 36 children. It’s more common than you might think.
  2. Boys and Girls: Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls.
  3. Communication Challenges: About 40% of children with autism do not speak. Some may have words initially but then lose them.

Daily Broadcasts: Spreading Knowledge

Mr. Villanueva and our CJHS students have taken the initiative to create short videos for their daily broadcasts. Here’s what they’re sharing:

  1. Understanding the Spectrum: They explain that autism is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears by age three. It’s not a disease, and it’s not contagious. You cannot “catch” autism.
  2. Unique Perspectives: Students share stories of kids affected by autism. Some might seem a little different, while others might not speak at all. But they all want to connect and be understood.
  3. Being a Friend: CJHS encourages everyone to be a friend to someone with autism. Reach out, play together, and be understanding. Ask them about their interests—they might know a lot about their favorite topics!
  4. Taking a Stand: If anyone witnesses teasing or bullying directed at someone with autism, they’re encouraged to speak up. Kindness matters.

Beyond Awareness: Acceptance

Let’s move beyond awareness to acceptance. Our CJHS community can make a difference:

  1. Include Everyone: Invite kids who play alone to join your group. They might want to but don’t know how to start.
  2. Learn Together: Take time to get to know each other. You’ll be surprised by what you can learn from someone with autism.
  3. Be an Upstander: Stand up against teasing or bullying. Let’s create a supportive environment for all.

As CJHS students continue their daily broadcasts, they’re fostering empathy, understanding, and kindness. Let’s celebrate their efforts and embrace the diversity that makes our school community stronger.

Note: The information in this article is based on real-world events and educational programs. For more details about autism, visit the National Autism Association.1