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Educate Magazine - 2021-05-01

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Breaking down barriers

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Students at Alsop High School have celebrated Autism Awareness and Acceptance Week. It has been an opportunity for the school to also celebrate neurodiversity as well as encouraging awareness and education. Autism Awareness and Acceptance Week began when a huge chalk mural “mysteriously” appeared at the heart of its campus. Students also used resources from the National Autistic Society during PSHCE lessons. Ms Natalie Walsh, head of SENCO said: “Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. As many individuals and families affected by autism know, acceptance is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system. “We are thrilled that several of our special educational needs and disability (SEND) students have been busy over the weeks preparing stickers, posters and logos to place around school.” As well as participating during lessons students have also made individual and unique awareness ribbons to sell around the school to raise some money for the National Autistic Society (NAS). Ms Jo McGowan, SEND teacher said: “It has been amazing seeing so many students helping and working together to raise awareness of autism. We are very proud of these young people who have made a tremendous effort for their contributions to this week, to help create a school and community that works for autistic people.”

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