School embraces the unconventional for Autism Day

A learner at the school having her nails painted blue, the international colour associated with autism. Photo: submitted.

For World Autism Awareness Day, the Rant-en-Dal School, which specialises in the schooling of autistic and Down’s syndrome children, decided to have a unconventional fun day.

The school decided to host their fun day on 30 March, although the awareness day is usually celebrated on 2 April every year across the world.

Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterised by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

Fun activities like obstacle course racing and face and nail painting were the order of the day. The children were all allowed to come to school in their normal clothes and were encouraged to wear blue, the international colour associated with autism.

The school also has the opportunity to visit the Joburg Zoo, however, transport is a problem. Aletta van Loggerenberg, the ward councillor for the area, works closely with the school and is trying to help obtain transport for the children; however, the assistance of the community would be greatly appreciated.

Anyone able to assist can contact the school on 011 665 1033.

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