Students celebrate autism awareness with bubbles

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The courtyard of Cedarfield Elementary School was filled with bubbles Friday afternoon--that's because it was the conclusion of the school's month-long celebration of autism awareness.

To celebrate, the students had a countdown to the big moment where everyone blew bubbles to honor their own students with autism. This is the ninth year the school has celebrated autism awareness and acceptance.

Lisa Libby, Autism Chair at Cedarfield Elementary, said, "One in every 55 births now will at some point in their life be diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. So as it becomes more prevalent, it's more and more important that we begin to raise our children beginning at an early age to understand what autism is."

In addition to Friday's event, the school also introduced some of its students with autism over the morning announcements throughout the month, giving them the opportunity to share their perspective as a student with autism.