April 4, 2017
Celebrating Autism Awareness Day
Golden Avenue Public School celebrated Autism Awareness Day on April 4th with a special guest. Mr. Stuart Duncan is a father of 2 students at Golden Avenue. He has autism and came to speak to staff and students to share his experiences. Here's what his sons Cameron and Tyler had to say about his visit.
"My dad has autism and he is different in many ways, but he is also the same. Some people think autism makes people mean or different, they may actually be really good at things that other people are not so good at. My brother, Cameron, has autism and he needs to stim a lot because he needs his space. People with autism want to be included, but some people think they are going to ruin the game. Some people bully autism kids because they think they don't do anything right, but they do. Every body is different, but can also be the same. Everybody needs help sometimes but people with autism sometimes need more help. Everybody gets mad or sad, people with autism need lots of space when they are mad or sad. Lights are not bright to people that don't have autism, lights to people that do have autism look like flares."
"My dad noticed that autistic kids are getting bullied because they act differently.He made a place to make autistic kids have friends and fun without bumping into bullies that could hurt them or tease them. He made Autcraft (a Minecraft server) so he could protect innocent autistic kids from bullies and kids who do not know about autism. He has autism, too, and he was inspired to help autistic kids to make friends and to care about autistic children around the world. My dad came to our school to help teach our school about what can feel like for people with autism. He also left us with a very important message: try to include people with autism and practice being a good friend."
The day wrapped up with students from Golden Avenue and Roland Michener participating in a flag raising ceremony and walk around the community. Thank you to all for participating!