This April, the American Autism Association launched our first ever Change for Autism pilot program with the National Junior Honors Society at St. Rita’s School (NJHS) in Staten Island, New York. And wow, we’re we amazed with the results.

A group of 9 students came together to work with the American Autism Association in spreading autism awareness and acceptance throughout their school campus, starting with students as young as 5 years old. They also took initiative by participating in our Change for Autism pilot initiative, where we placed unique jars in each classroom. Every day, students would come into school with some “spare change” to donate to the cause. Students were so enthusiastic that they began approaching members of their local community to spare some change to make some change.

The students of St. Rita’s not only collected change to make a difference, they also hosted a dance that benefited the American Autism Association. During the dance, students of NJHS encouraged students to sign a pledge to spread autism acceptance on a piece of paper with our puzzle piece logo design. The students of NJHS collected the colorful pledges, and created a beautiful “awareness tree” in their hallways.

Needless to say, our first Change for Autism program was a great success due to the incredible students of St. Rita’s school and the supportive community in Staten Island, New York. We are so grateful for your efforts to help us in making a difference!

If you or your community would be interested in participating in our Change for Autism initiative, please contact us at [email protected].

Check out some photos for Change for Autism, April 2016 at St. Rita’s School below!

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