Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The current research suggests elementary school age children with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Disorder show a lack of social skills, including assertion, self-control among other life situations, in comparison to mainstream children (Dissanayake & Macintosh, 2006). This makes it hard for children with Autism to be included in social interactions. My Capstone Project illuminates Autism awareness within Los Arboles Middle School through social interaction. To begin the process of Autism Awareness within the school, I needed to find out what the mainstream student's idea of Autism was; therefore, I conducted a survey in attempt to obtain the knowledge. I also created the STOKED campaign through wristband sales at the school. STOKED stands for Students Teachers and Others working with Kids in Education with Disabilities. All the proceeds go to Autismspeaks.org. The wristband is the social interaction. It shows awareness and support of Autism for those who wear it. Using a simple yes or no style for the survey I was able to get the feedback I needed. The findings gave me an idea for what could be done to better educate the mainstream student body about Autism. The results of my findings conclude that both more information and more social interaction between mainstream students and students with Autism need to be either implemented or available for students at Los Arboles Middle School.
Cellona, Lindsay, "Shining the light of autism on Los Arboles Middle School" (2011). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 375.