Friday, March 28, 2014

Books 4 Autism

The CDC just released the newest data they have for the prevalence of autism in the United States. The study identifies 1 in 68 children have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). That is unbelievable! 1 in 68 children! When they break it down by gender they say it affects 1 in every 42 boys.

These numbers are scary…

And these are just the numbers for children. Let’s not forget about all the adults living with ASD. This is not something that only affects children. This is not something that you just grow out of.

Autism is something that I am very passionate about as it is something that hits me very close to home. One of my children is on the spectrum, and although it is something my family has been experiencing firsthand for years, I don’t pretend to be an expert in any way. ASD is a spectrum disorder. No two people on the spectrum are the same. Some people may have some things in common, but they may also be so very different in other ways that you would never think they shared the same condition. Some people might be nonverbal and unable to make direct eye contact, and you might meet others and never even know they are on the spectrum.

No one knows what causes ASD and right now the only form of treatment is various types of therapy and social skills classes. One of the main problems with this is that the necessary therapies are not always covered by the insurance, and even when they are, a lot of the facilities that specialize in this field do not take insurance leaving families with astronomical bills on top of everything else.

I can’t express how important it is to me to spread awareness of this rapidly rising condition and do everything I can to help the people and families affected by it. That is why I came up with the idea of Books 4 Autism.

In recognition of April being National Autism Awareness Month, 25% of my net profit from the sales of Defining Moments will be donated to autism charities for the entire month of April. This applies to all formats of the book (ebook and paperback) and starts from the moment it goes live in stores on March 31.

Autism awareness is something I care deeply about, and writing is something I love to do. This is a way for me to combine my two passions and help make a difference.

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