Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day

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Students at the middle school are celebrating Autism Awareness Month in a spirited way. With the help of special education teacher Lauren Perazzo, students, faculty and staff dressed in blue on April 2 to show their support of the World Autism Day “Light It Up Blue” campaign, which works to spread awareness and encourages acts of kindness.

“Carle Place has always been and continues to be an extremely supportive community,” said Perazzo. “The students are always welcomed and included by their peers, which means so much to them.”

The school also hosted a T-shirt sale to benefit Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization dedicated to funding research and raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society. Spectrum Designs Foundation, a company that provides adolescents and adults with autism gainful employment and vocational training, designed the shirts.

“This was just another way for our students to help support these exceptional people making exceptional products,” said Perazzo.

Cherry Lane students also joined in the celebration and showed their support by wearing blue.