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Shared Article: Students encouraged to share their uniqueness at autism awareness event

BY VERONICA MARQUEZ-ESHELBY – POSTED ON APRIL 20, 2016
POSTED IN: CAMPUS NEWS, NEWS

Cal State Fullerton students filled up a board of puzzle pieces at Titan Walk on Wednesday to answer the question, “What makes you unique?”
The puzzle was part of a booth that aimed to raise autism awareness on campus by encouraging students to reflect on how individual differences and identities intersect in the community. The motif for the event, a blue puzzle piece, symbolized autism awareness.

The event was hosted by the CSUF Center for Autism and the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. The Center for Autism’s mission is to “improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families through research, teaching, clinical service and community involvement,” according to its website.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and the center hopes to celebrate uniqueness and encourage students to support their peers who may be “differently-abled,” according to an event flier.

Sidrich Chhour, a senior speech language pathology major and a member of the campus club Autism Speaks U, hosted the booth to inform students about the services available.

“If anyone from the community needs a referral for their child, or a family member or any loved one, we’re right there to help as best as we can,” he said. “(People with autism) want to be treated like everybody else and they’re usually classified as normal.”

Chhour said that, judging from his experience, he does not call autism a disability.

“I would just call it a unique character trait,” he said. “We all have unique character traits.”

Senior art major Rachel Landin visited the booth to add her puzzle piece to the board. While she said that she thinks the club is doing a great service to the community, she admitted that she does not have a full understanding of autism.

“I don’t know that much about it. All I know is that for many people who have autism, it’s a spectrum. Not everyone is the same and not every case is the same,” she said. Events like the puzzle display are helpful, she said, because people who know someone with autism may not know where to begin to look for information.

Brittany Simmons, a senior communications major with an emphasis in advertising, stopped by the display because, while she said that she is not personally afflicted with autism, she suffered from a speech impediment as a child and was harshly bullied for it.

She said that she wanted to encourage those who are directly affected by autism.

“Don’t worry about what other people say about you,” Simmons said. “Just accept who you are and use it to better yourself and better the community, and even further the world.”

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that approximately one in 68 children in the United States was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2012.

The CSUF Center for Autism is hosting a fundraising event, “Night at the Bar for Autism,” on Thursday, April 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Bourbon Street Bar and Grill located at 110 E. Commonwealth Ave. in Fullerton.

From a Cambodian: Thanks Kent State

What’s quoted below is the textual component of my post to Khmerican back in 2014. It was relevant when the shootings took place and relevant today. The Cambodian Genocide is often overlooked in the high school history books and for some reason, I never heard mention of the Kent State Shootings. The two strongly connect and for that reason, I think that is why I was never taught about Kent State in high school. Is it safe to say that Kent State is kept under the water in history books much like Nixon’s decision to bomb Cambodia is?  Many protested across universities in the States. I always wonder what could have been had the protests (including Kent State) went in the favor of the student protesters. How much would it have lessened the chances of Cambodia falling to Pol Pot? As a Cambodian American, I will always be thankful for these Kent State students at the time along with the hundreds of other students who protested across college campuses in 1970. The Vietnam War was a tragic time for both the States and Cambodia. #RememberKentState

From May 4, 2014:

“By Sidrich Savang Chhour

Today marks the 44th anniversary of the Kent State Massacre. This was an event in history where 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the Ohio National Guard. Kent State students along with many other students around the country held protests against Operation Menu, a codename for the bombings of Eastern Cambodia that lasted from March 18, 1969 until May 26, 1970. Despite the protests ending unsuccessfully with Nixon ultimately carrying out the bombings, Khmerican takes time to commemorate those who died for trying to prevent the bombings of Cambodia.”