Autism Society of Wisconsin

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Everyone Belongs: Celebrating Differences

In collaboration with schools across Wisconsin, the Autism Society Affiliates in Wisconsin are hosting the 12th Annual Autism Essay Contest, a program designed to assist all students in gaining a deeper understanding of autism and how their peers with autism experience the world.

This essay contest is a wonderful opportunity to create an open dialogue about autism, how it affects students in your school and why celebrating differences is important. We hope that you will welcome this opportunity to promote understanding and acceptance of differences in your school.  

Please encourage participation in this project by sharing this information with classroom teachers or students who may be interested in participating.

Download the Student Entry Form

Letter to Building Principals

Divisions:

Division 1: K-2nd grade
Division 2: 3rd-5th grade
Division 3: 6th-8th grade
Division 4: 9th-12th grade

Prizes: 

1st Place Winners in each division will receive a $100 Amazon gift card
2nd Place Winners in each division will receive a $75 Amazon gift card
3rd Place Winners in each division will receive a $50 Amazon gift card

All 1st place winners will be honored at and invited to the Family Reception at the Autism Society of Wisconsin’s 28th Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Students and/or classrooms K-5:

We highly encourage teachers to go to http://researchautism.org/education/students-corner/kit-for-kids/ and watch the Kits for Kids Program video from the Organization for Autism Research as a class and consider doing all or parts of the Kit for Kids Activity sheets as part of a lesson.

Essay Entries should include:

  • 1 – 2 things you learned about autism and how autism might affect your classmate(s)
  • To be successful, students need different support at different times. Think about a time you needed extra help in an assignment or activity to be successful. Who helped you and how did it make you feel? How can you help your peers with autism be successful when they need help?
  • Written or illustrated examples, using captions for all illustrations

Students grades 6 – 12

Read more about autism here: http://researchautism.org/education/students-corner/hs-get-informed/

Essay Entries should include:

  • Write about 3 things you learned about autism and describe how autism might affect your classmate(s), using examples
  • To be successful, students need different support at different times. Write an essay about what steps you could take to make your classroom or school a more supportive environment for students with autism. Use examples. Consider how you can extend support to community settings.

OR

  • Interview a person with autism and find out what makes them unique. What are their strengths and what do they need extra help with? How could others best support them to be successful? What do they wish others knew about them? Write a summary of what you learned.
  • Include your own reflections about the interview and how you can take steps to make sure your school is a supportive environment for students with autism.

All essays should be mailed, and must be postmarked by March 24, 2017, to:

Autism Society of Wisconsin
Annual Essay Contest
PO Box 66
De Pere, WI  54115