School autism campaign creates awareness and acceptance

26 February 2019

An estimated one in 70 people have autism according to Autism Spectrum Australia, that is almost 230,000 Australians.  

Across the world April is dedicated to Autism Awareness, with 2 April being Global Autism Awareness Day. 

Catholic schools and colleges in WA have been invited to join the Paint Me A Rainbow campaign to help bring awareness and acceptance for children living with an autism diagnosis.  

Three CEWA schools are already on boardWhitford Catholic Primary School, St Luke’s Catholic Primary School in Woodvale and St Helena’s Catholic Primary School in Ellenbrook. 

Paint Me A Rainbow – Autism Awareness WA founder Kylie Beveridge said schools host their own campaigns to raise funds with the aim of improving the lives of their students with autism.  

“You will be spreading awareness and acceptance for children within your school, community and State that are living with autism,” she said. 

“Funds can go towards creating a safe space, sensory tools, education for teachers and students, support for families and so much more.” 

Whitford Catholic Primary School assistant principal Cath Hughes said her school welcomed diversity. 

“Our ultimate goal is to provide an engaging curriculum that is accessible and achievable for all students,” she said. 

According to Autism Spectrum Australia, the lifelong developmental condition affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people. 

Mrs Beveridge said Paint Me A Rainbow’s aim was to create an inclusive environment for children and families living with an Autism Diagnosis and to enrich the lives of children with Autism by fundraising and bringing awareness and acceptance to allow every child’s true colours to shine. 

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