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DPHS Book Club Celebrates Autism Acceptance Month

Jackie Bokis, Contributor

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During quarter two, the DPHS Book Club chose to read “the curious incident of the dog in the night-time” by Mark Haddon.  This book is about a teenage boy that exhibits autistic behaviors and tries to figure out the world around him.

The students were so moved by the book that they were motivated to organize events for Autism Acceptance Month during April. “During Autism Acceptance Month, we promote acceptance and celebrate autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members who make valuable contributions to our world,” expressed by, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Many students don’t know about the characteristics and obstacles that people with autism face. According to the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, “Autism Spectrum Disorder is a pervasive early developmental disorder that strongly impacts how an individual socially engages with his/her world.” Their website states that ”one out of every 68 children is affected with autism or a related disorder.”

Ms. Jansen, a special education teacher at DPHS, expressed that people with autism are often misunderstood and their intelligence is not acknowledged enough. “The more awareness there is, the less discrimination there will be,” said Jansen.

Therefore, the theme in the David Prouty High School library for the month of April will be Autism Acceptance with hopes that every student and staff member will view the display and learn more about the disorder. “Hopefully this event will help create a more tolerant and compassionate culture,” said the Book Club’s advisor and school librarian, Ms. Jyringi. Nicole Ouellette, a member of the Book Club, also said, “I really do care about autism and how it affects people because I feel like no one is very aware about it.” The Book Club hopes this month celebrates the unique perspectives people with autism have.  

For more information, visit http://autisticadvocacy.org/ or https://autism-center.ucsd.edu

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