15 Jan 2013

Students organize event for autistic classmate

A group of Toronto students recently decided they were going to try to convince celebrities and people in their community to wear a blue scarf to raise awareness for autism. According to the Toronto Star, Emily Albert, 16, and Mia Kibel, 17, came up with the idea when they were inspired with one of their fellow students, Carly, who suffers from autism.

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Although autism isn’t as common as other disorders, it is estimated that about 190,000 Canadian children suffer from the disorder, and many of them have symptoms of Asperger. Asperger syndrome is considered a high functioning form of autism. People that suffer generally have extreme difficulty in social situations. The CBC reported that about 70 percent of people with other forms of autistic disorders suffer from mild to severe mental retardation.

The celebrity the duo is trying to participate the most is Brad Pitt, mainly because Carly is a big fan. The two have created a website promoting the event, and even if Pitt doesn’t participate, Albert told the Star she and Kibel are pleased with the response they’ve seen so far.

“(Carly) dreams big and goes for it and makes things happen,” Albert told the news source. “I think that’s why we’ve had such a great response so far.”

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