Combining socializing with a learning experience
The goal of the talk show was to raise awareness and to promote advocacy for special needs programs in school. Conto stressed that all of the children who were involved in the project spread more awareness than she could have ever imagined on social media. “People have said such nice things,” she said. Additionally, her school wrote letters to Ellen DeGeneres in hopes that she would be able to see what she has inspired. “The feedback has really been amazing,” said Conto. “What I did was I basically regrouped our whole school so that general education students were able to come to our classrooms and our high functioning kids were able to go downstairs to theirs. That way, everybody got to know each other while also learning a little more about autism and what it means to be different,” she added.