Green Bay schools hold autism awareness walks

Posted: 7:50 PM, Apr 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-01 00:50:38Z

The number of children with autism appears to be rising, but it could be due to better detection.   Government officials estimate one in 59 children has autism. That's up from one in 68 children two years ago.

On Monday, students and staff at ten Green Bay schools held autism awareness walks. They walked one mile to show support.

"Kids with autism are everywhere. People with autism are everywhere and we want to make sure that we are making them feel really welcome here. We don't want them to feel like it's that they're alone. We want them to be part of our community and part of our school," said Ellen Diny, an Allies for Autism team member. 

The group at Green Bay East High School is also selling T-shirts. They hope to use the money for a sensory room at the school. It would be a place where students who are struggling with their emotions can calm down safely.