I had read that kids with autism are bullied at an alarmingly high rate. (Click here for a CBS news article on the topic.) It dawned on me that perhaps if kids were better educated about the disorder, the bullying rate might go down. So, I decided to write a children's story. My professor gave me a great grade, and after some thought, I decided to throw my hat into the publishing ring.
The process has been long and full of many ups and downs, but also very exciting! I'm terrified that people will not like it. I'm hopeful that people might. Most of all, I hope and pray that it keeps at least one child from being bullied.
You may have read or seen on the news the horrible letter that a disgusting human being put under the door of a home with a child with autism. If not, I have posted it below (If it's too small or you'd like to read more about it, click here.). After wiping my tears away, I felt a renewed sense of purpose. It is true that autism is better understood and accepted today than ever before, but this hate-filled letter demonstrates that there is a long, long way to go.
I know it's cliche, but knowledge is power. It is my sincere hope that my book will help educate children about autism and, ultimately, decrease the bullying epidemic.