Seaway District High School Raises the Flag for Autism

Raising the Flag for Autism Awareness at Seaway District High School in Iroquois, from left, South Dundas Councillors Bill Ewing and Archie Mellan, South Dundas Deputy Mayor Jim Locke, Principal Don Lewis, Lisa Vreman, David Vreman, Benjamin Vreman and Vice Principal Laura Oliver. (Cornwall Newswatch/Phillip Blancher)

IROQUOIS — Students, staff, and area residents took part in a flag raising ceremony at Seaway District High School on April 2nd as part of Autism Ontario’s “Raise the Flag” event, in honour of World Autism Day.

“One in 94 children born are now being diagnosed as having some form of Autism,” stated Lisa Vreman, “Raise the Flag” coordinator for the Upper Canada Chapter of Autism Ontario.

The goal for Autism Ontario in celebrating this across Ontario is to help to broaden understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the community and in Ontario. This is the 8th year that World Autism Day has been celebrated.

“Its important that the community knows there is support out there for them, and that we support them,” said South Dundas Councillor Archie Mellon.

Students, staff and members of the community celebrate World Autism Day with the "Raise the Flag" event at Seaway District High School. - Photo by Phillip Blancher/Cornwall Newswatch
Students, staff and members of the community celebrate World Autism Day with the “Raise the Flag” event at Seaway District High School. (Cornwall Newswatch/Phillip Blancher)

Autism Ontario represents the autism community in the provinces and supports thousands of family via its 25 chapters. In 2014, over 20,000 people accessed the services of the organization, which provides information, education, and advocates for programs in Ontario.

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