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Autism Awareness Day

April 05, 2018

​Students and staff at Golden Avenue Public School in South Porcupine marked World Autism Awareness Day on April 3rd, with a very special flag-raising ceremony. They also chose to wear blue to bring awareness to the day.

World Autism Awareness Day was officially recognized for the first time on April 2, 2013 in Canada. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 100,000 Ontarians. ASD is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder, affecting one in every 94 children, as well as their friends, family and community.

"Golden Avenue Public School supports the needs students with autism in 6 specialized classrooms, and in the regular classroom," says Golden Principal, Doug Turcotte.  "Our 6 autism program classrooms have been developed to meet the needs of children with autism. We presently support over 30 students with autism, and our program continue to grow.  With a prevalence of 1 in every 68 children being diagnosed with autism, this disorder is gaining more attention around the world."  

Throughout the month of April, Golden will hold a variety of activities including hot dog lunches/theme days. All funds raised will go towards special activities for our students. A donation will also be made to Autism Ontario.

Autism Ontario is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. For more information on Autism Ontario, please visit

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