Frost Students Develop Acceptance Through Education

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More than 200 students from Robert Frost participated in the Band-Aid Project on April 6 as part of the school’s celebration of Autism and Disability Acceptance Month.

The Band-Aid Project, a movement to increase not just awareness but acceptance of people with autism and developmental disabilities, provides students with first-hand experience of the daily struggles of people with disabilities. This lesson and insight is the first step towards acceptance.

Clad in blue, each participating student applied a band-aid across their mouth to render them unable to speak, and communicated during classes only via non-electronic means. At the conclusion of the day, the students designed mock Instagram posts reflecting their experiences, results which were both informative and inspired.

“My experience today was eye-opening,” said student Jonathan DeJesus. “It really makes you realize that once you can’t talk, you face a whole new set of challenges. With the loss of communication, I felt a gain in respect for everyone who has autism and their day-to-day challenges.”

“The development of acceptance begins with education,” said speech teacher Stephanie O’Connell. “On that day, these students had a glimpse of what having a disability is like. Carrying the message of love and acceptance for all people in our community is the mission of this project, and I know we achieved that. I am proud of our students and to be a part of the Robert Frost community.”