Thursday, April 11, 2013

Autism Scholarship Offered in Bahamas

An important milestone in the fight for autism acceptance has been reached.  When I was growing up in the 90s and early 2000s, living with autism was more of a solitary journey.  Not only did children on the spectrum feel isolated but in many cases their family members also could feel isolated as well.  This was especially true for family members of those with classic autism.

No longer does anyone on the spectrum feel alone.  There are many online resources available for individuals on the spectrum as well as their family members.  Autism Brainstorm is one such online community that connects those on the autism spectrum.  Anyone with an Internet connection can participate.

In the Bahamas, a scholarship is being offered to junior high school students and high school students who submit a 300 word essay on the topic of autism awareness month.  The scholarship is offered through FirstCare Medical Plan and R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas, as well as the Ministry of Education.  The grand prize winner will receive $300  with the first and second runner up receiving $200 each.  All winners will also receive prizes from a number of corporate sponsors.  More information about the scholarship, which is offered only to students living within the Bahamas, can be found here.

It is my hope that this scholarship will be one of many that provide incentive for grade school and college students to learn more about autism.  These students are the future of America and will someday make the decisions that will effect the lives of those on the autism spectrum.

Also, read the article that inspired this post.

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