Right across America and indeed around the world on April 2, awareness of Autism is shining bright blue. While in America and in most parts of the world they are lighting up homes, parks, monuments and buildings in a ray of blue to bring the message home that there is a need for more awareness of this growing health problem. Here in New Zealand and indeed in some other parts they are having their own awareness programs, and colour themes. See here .. http://www.autismnz.org.nz/
I have been made more aware of autism myself since joining a writers hub, where a fellow writer Patricia Tilton, is focusing much of her writing genres, such as Disabilities, Grief, Mental Health, Aspergers, Autism, and many other health issues. Her blog aptly called “Children’s Books Heal“, is full of interesting reviews of books for children and adults on many of these topics. One can find a ray of resources, information, author interviews, and communities to help understand, and encourage those from the very young to be better informed about such issues that are now so prominent in our everyday lives. Visit her blog today, it is lit up Blue for April 2 – Autism Awareness Day.
When looking through the internet I came across a very interesting article of a New Zealand Mum, Louise Inglis who has recently written a book “Happiness in His Eyes” due out on the shelves today, on the first 7 years of bringing up her youngest son Kevin, who has Autism. This is a trailer about the book… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogOHmimmEsA . It is sure to open your eyes to living with someone affected with Autism, a personal story, written with a mothers love for her son, sharing the joys and successes along with the disruptive side and the effect it has on other members of the family. Look for it in your store, coming soon.
Here’s another blog post on the subject… http://thescrapbookhouse.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/light-it-up-blue/