Students go blue for autism awareness

Elisia Seeber, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph

Blue balloons filled the sky over Leda Primary School last Wednesday when Education Support Centre students celebrated World Autism Awareness Day.

Staff and students wore blue and gathered on the oval to release the balloons.

Principal Tina Howorth said bringing attention to Autism Spectrum Disorder was important to the school, with 70 per cent of students enrolled in the ESC diagnosed with ASD.

"Autism should be celebrated, it is not a deficit," she said.

"It is about getting the awareness out there and teaching parents about the implications and impact of autism, not only on the child but on the family," she said.

Autism Spectrum Australia estimates one in 100 people have autism - almost 230,000 Australians.

The organisation describes ASD as a lifelong developmental condition which affects the way an individual relates to their environment and the way they interact with people.

Those diagnosed may have trouble with social communication, intellectual impairment or learning difficulties, and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interests.

Through the week, students at the ESC and primary school completed artworks and activities to increase awareness of the condition. World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated on April 2.

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