Kiowa sixth-grader raises awareness about autism
April 7, 2021
On Saturday morning, a small crowd gathered in Progress Park in Kiowa, Kansas, for the town's first Autism Awareness Walk, and to eat barbecue, get their faces painted, enjoy Lane Haas' singing onstage, and hear a poignant message from sixth-grader Cherokee Israel.
Israel thanked the crowd for taking part in the event, and read this to them:
"I am autistic," she read to the small crowd. "There is nothing wrong with me. I am not flawed. I am not broken. I don't have special needs. I have human needs.
"My brain thinks out of the typical box. My brain is not missing pieces. My brain is comp...