BOCES organizes a group walk for Autism Awareness Day


Students and educators came together to bring attention to autism. 

In recognition of National Autism Awareness Day, students and staff at Broome Tioga BOCES assembled for a group walk to show support for the cause. 

Many of the participants were a part of BOCES Oak Tree Program for children with autism.

Oak Tree Teacher Kathy Snyder says 1 in 59 people have some form of autism.

She says it’s important that people are educated about what autism is. 

“What better way to support it then celebrate it. All of our students look forward to celebrating whether they know they have autism or not. Most of our students don’t realize what autism is because it’s something they live with everyday. It’s something they want to be celebrated and be included in everything in the community and be seen for their own value.”

At the end of the walk the participants formed a puzzle piece which is the symbol of autism awareness to display the complexity of the autism spectrum. 

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