One in 50 school age children are diagnosed with autism. If autism has not affected your family, the odds are, you know someone or a family, who has been impacted. The autism spectrum knows no barrier to skin color, gender, language spoken, age or wealth.
At Travis High School in Fort Bend County, students did not see autism as a barrier when they elected L’Air Robertson, who has autism, as their Prom Queen. “This is exactly what the Hope for Three It’s Cool to Care Program is designed to do – educate, empower and enable youth to make positive contributions to the lives of other young people with unique differences – autism”, said Bill Roy, Hope for Three Board Member and It’s Cool to Care Ambassador.
It took the acceptance and understanding of several students to not only encourage the nomination of L’Air, but to rally their fellow students to support her and make the idea of becoming Prom Queen possible. It is this kind act of inspiration that has earned Travis students Hope for Three’s Caring Friends Award.
The students recently received the honor in a ceremony this summer. Travis High School is one of many schools in Fort Bend that have participated in the It’s Cool to Care Program.
For more information on how Hope for Three can bring the program to your school and share why autism acceptance, awareness, and understanding is important for the greater good of the community, call 1-800-317-0787 or visit www.hopeforthree.org.