Kiowa sixth-grader raises awareness about autism


April 7, 2021

Yvonne Miller

WALKING FOR AUTISM AWARENESS – William and Tammy Israel of Hazelton organized the first Autism Walk in Kiowa last Saturday. They said they had a little over 30 walkers.

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 complete. In fact, I could argue that I experience MORE than the average neurotypical person. I require accommodations to live life to my fullest potential in a neurotypical centered world. And that's okay.

"I'm happy. I am not less. I am different. I am extraordinary. I am smart. I am focused. I am kind. I am proud. I am unique. I am quirky. I love. I care."

April is World Autism Awareness Month, when people who care about those with autism spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change of this disease that remains very misunderstood by most.

Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people. The condition affects each person differently.

The purpose of awareness events is to show hope, love, faith and support for people who live with autism.

Yvonne Miller

Cherokee Israel gave a reading at Progress Park in Kiowa, Kansas, at the first Autism Walk to raise awareness about Autism.


Reader Comments(1)

iambulldog writes:

Wonderful event thank you to all that showed up to support this message. Thanks you to Arrowhead West for sponsoring games, Daylight Donuts for the donuts during the walk, Lane Haas for providing live entertainment, Andrea Forbes for the face painting, and everyone that showed up to help deliver the awareness of Autism!!!


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