ALFRED — On April 2, students from Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO) came together to mark World Autism Awareness Day under the theme “Inclusion makes us all grow up”.
In particular, at École élémentaire catholiqueSaint-Victor in Alfred, several dignitaries and students were invited to gather for a raising of the flag of autism and a symbolic march. This special day was a stepping stone to a much broader discussion of inclusiveness and respect for differences. A unique lesson for students.
In 2007, the United Nations declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. The month of April is now aimed at raising awareness and educating the public about what autism spectrum disorder is.
“In addition to marking the beginning of Autism Month, this activity shines our values of inclusion and respect in our schools. At the CSDCEO, as part of our mission, we aim to make every student a proud citizen of his Catholic faith, Francophonie and Franco-Ontarian culture, and that he or she contributes to the best possible to be of society. This initiative is directly related to our mission. “Said François Turpin, director of education and secretary.
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CSDCEO) is the largest network of French-language schools in the five counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott and Russell. In addition to having the highest graduation rate in the region (93.2 percent), the CSDCEO offers programs for the success of all students, Catholic values, quality French and a certificate of bilingualism. The CSDCEO provides education to more than 10,100 students in several early childhood centers (daycare centers), 25 elementary schools, 7 high schools and the Eastern Ontario Education and Training Center (OCEFE).