Giving children with autism a voice

By Jillian Marshall

Giving children with autism a voice

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 7:38 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Public Achievement class raises money to support the education of children with autism.

The Johnson City School District and Broome Community College partnered to make the special class of 9- to 11-year-old students.

"In the beginning of the program, they brainstormed all the kinds of things in their world they wish they could improve upon," said Civic Engagement Coordinator at BCC Lisa Strahley.

The students came up with the idea of providing autistic students at BOCES Oaktree School with iPads to help them communicate.

They'll buy as many iPads as they can afford with money collected.

On Saturday, the students are putting on an Autism Awareness Fair at Otsiningo Park. The fundraiser runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This is the first year for the Pubic Achievement class.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-126th) and Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie also spoke at the press conference.

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