About 1 in 88 students is diagnosed with Autism according to the organization Autism Speaks. The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness for the disorder.
Students across the world and even right here in Bay County are raising awareness in a very unique way. They're blowing bubbles.
"We have six dedicated classrooms dedicated to Autism here at our school, and we want to make sure that all of our students at Cedar Grove understand what Autism is so that they can be better friends to our children with autism," says Lisa Libby, a special education teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary School.
For the last three years Cedar Grove Elementary has participated in an international event called Blowing Bubbles 4 Autism, an event headed by a New Jersey based organization called FACES. Last year participants earned a notable recognition.
"Last year we blew bubbles to break the Guinness Book of World Records, and we did. So this year we were just trying to top that," says Libby.
In Bay District Schools, educators who work with children with Autism go through extensive schooling and training. They all have special education degrees and special endorsements with a focus on Autism, as well as, multiple inservices per year.
"We are one big happy family, all of our schools with Autism. We all know each other, and we all help each other out," says Libby.
Students as far as Ireland participated in this year's Blowing Bubbles 4 Autism.