Shoemaker Hosts Autism Walk

Autism Awareness Walk
By: Todd Martin
At Shoemaker High School, a group of students and staff members joined a small number of family members for a walk through the hallways to bring awareness to autism.
Shoemaker parent liaison Letha Reeves, organizer of the walk, which was moved inside due to rain, praised participants for their commitment to serving those who live with the condition.
After walking through the hallway to cheers of those watching, the group gathered in the cafeteria, picked up a snack and returned to class.
Clyde and Tia Williams, with their two younger children joined their son Camren, a Shoemaker student, in the event.
They praised the efforts of Reeves and special education instructors and the school leadership for supporting students with autism and similar conditions.
Explaining the need for greater awareness of autism, the Williams’ said that some people mistakenly think a person “looks like they have autism.”
“Autism doesn’t have a look,” said Clyde Williams. “They are all different. It’s a wide spectrum.”
Since becoming aware of the condition themselves, the Williams have come to know numerous people – children and adults – who are autistic and function in the world of school and work, often at a high level of accomplishment.
Their own son, Camren is especially gifted in working with electronics and navigation.
Doctors and researchers who work with the developmental disorder are still unlocking its many mysteries, the parents said.
“It’s important to involve the whole school,” said Tia Williams, impressed at the number of students and school staff members walking the hallways during the autism walk.
Shoemaker High School will host its annual Special Angels Mardi Gras Prom from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 15 in the school cafeteria. Admission is free. Protective face coverings are required.