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Hoover City Schools Celebrates Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day

2 April 2021

HCS- Ask anyone in education and they will tell you that one of the most rewarding things is to see a student’s growth. For them, there is nothing more gratifying than being able to see the strides a student makes in their academic career.

For members of the Hoover City Schools Instructional Support team, they are no exception to that. The more than 350 students on the Autism spectrum in Hoover City Schools fall under the instructional support umbrella.

They and the rest of Hoover City Schools are celebrating World Autism month, with the pinnacle being Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day on Friday, April 2nd.

Paint pallette with gold, black, red and blue encouraging people to wear red or blue for Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day

In Hoover City Schools, the district’s behavioral team does not take a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to working with students on the Autism spectrum. They work closely with teachers, administrators, and others to ensure the student has the tools to succeed.

“We have so many different individuals who come together as a team to bring about awareness and make sure students have what they need,” District Autism Specialist Kelly Underwood said. “I think our teachers do a fantastic job, and I think our related services like our occupational therapists, speech therapists, it is one big team that collaborates together to make that individual as successful as they can be. An important part of that team are the parents as well.”

Our students are the most important thing,” Director of Instructional Support Claire Jones-Moore said. “Our teachers, administration, and Hoover City Schools work to create a culture dedicated to providing the best service possible for special needs.”