The Six Degrees Project - Using Connections To Raise Autism Awareness
Carly is a secondary student with autism who attends the Northern Secondary School in Toronto. She set out to recreate what it's like for a child with autism to go wandering off. It was fascinating to read the updates and to realize how utterly on her own she was - almost no one questioned her or asked her if she was lost or needed help. You can follow her updates on the Facebook page - it's a real eye-opener.
This is a project spearheaded by Ms. Fleischmann, along with fellow students Emily Albert and Mia Kibel, and in conjunction with the students at Northern Secondary School in Toronto and Autism Speaks Canada. What an incredible idea and an amazing group of students!
We're all just six degrees (or far less) away from someone with autism. We're also six degrees away from someone prominent who can shine a spotlight on the issues we need to see addressed. I'm going to work my connections and see how far I can get!
Luckily, you don't have to go through six degrees to find someone who can make a difference: you. The more we talk about our needs, our frustrations, our challenges, the more commonplace and understood they become.
We can do this - six degrees at a time.