North Las Vegas girl makes shirts to recognize peers with autism

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A North Las Vegas fourth grader is making shirts for some of her classmates with autism.

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When you ask Kumei Tenorio Norwood what autism is, it takes her a second to answer.

"It's something that makes kids nicer," said Kumei.

She sees autism as a beautiful thing. Now she's putting the feeling in writing: "Smile if you love someone with autism." 

Kumei chose this phrase to put on T-shirts. She made one for all of her classmates on the spectrum.

"I just wanted to put something nice on the T-shirts so the autism kids can feel happy about themselves," said Kumei.

People like what she's doing so much, she's making extra shirts to raise money for Richard C. Priest Elementary School's autism program. That's something her teachers didn't expect, but are very grateful for.

"Just to have her have the talent within herself and to be able to reach out and have the kind heart that she does... It's amazing," said Tamara Hoover, the primary autism teacher at Richard C. Priest Elementary School.

April is National Autism Awareness Month and Kumei has a tailor-made message for everyone.

"They're just like you so don't be afraid. It's kind of like being afraid of yourself," said Kumei.

That takeaway is one size fits all.

Check out Richard C. Priest PTA's Facebook page for more details on the shirt.

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