Foley Citizenship Prize to Raise Awareness and Support for Autism

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Derby student and Edward R. Foley Citizenship Prize recipient Penelope '21 recently announced that she'll be supporting & raising awareness about autism as her project's initiative. This year, she'll be sharing more info with our community about autism & ways to support Autism Speaks, one of the largest autism advocacy organizations in the US.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, which by some estimates, affects 1 in 54 children in the US today.

Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

As part of the Foley Citizenship Prize, every spring, a member of the Grade 7 class is chosen as the recipient of the prize. This award is given to the student who has best exhibited the principles of respect and kindness toward others and is inspired to create positive change. Through presentations and fund-raising activities through their Grade 8 year, the recipient educates our student community about a particular cause and develops initiatives for all constituencies to support throughout the school year. Past recipients have chosen topics like Alzheimer’s Disease, supporting Native communities in need, and increasing awareness about the developing communities of the Appalachian Mountain Region.

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