Good Friend, Inc. a local charity dedicated to autism awareness, acceptance and empathy, is bringing attention to disability harassment in southeast Wisconsin.

Good Friend co-founders Chelsea Budde of Waukesha and Denise Schamens of Pewaukee are advocates for social support of all learners, which they believe requires the education of typically-developing students who interact with classmates with “invisible disabilities," including autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Budde and Schamens, who each have children with special needs including ASD, insist that with the proper understanding, students can contribute to a culture of acceptance on their campuses.

By wearing orange on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 19, people will unite in support of students who have experienced bullying.

For more information, contact Budde, 414-510-0385 or chelsea@goodfriendinc.com.

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