Local Cool Kid: Jacquez Johnson

Douglass High School student raises awareness about Autism

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - Every April there's a call to action in the halls of Douglass High School.  Autism Awareness. 

Jacquez Johnson, a junior, was diagnosed with Autism as a child.

"Mostly the kids that have a serious case of autism don't fit in or socialize in middle school, especially at high school for males," said Johnson.

The chess player and violinist created and designed posters to hang on the walls around the school. 

A puzzle piece a symbol for Autism representing the diversity of everyone diagnosed with the disability. 

Including students like Jacquez, working to help classmates understand Autism, and get their support. 

"The way to support them is to at least talk to them, see how they are doing," said Johnson. 

One out of every 68 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the developmental disorder. 


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