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Did you guys know that Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd?
Well, you do now!
I'm going to be making special Autism Awareness Day keychains and charms to sell, and half of all of my sales from them will be donated to the charity Autism Speaks, which is an organization dedicated to helping autistic children. Tomorrow, I'll be posting my designs for them, and if you're interested, please give me a note~
Also, Autism Speaks is having a campaign to light up blue on April 2nd. We're all gonna wear blue and light up our porches with blue lights to show our support! If anyone asks what we're doing it for, we explain what its about. You can get the special blue lightbulbs for $2 at Home Depot, from what I found online.
The motto for Autism Speaks is "Autism Speaks: It's time we listen".
If you want to know exactly why this means so much to me, it's because my daughter Jade is autistic. She's non-verbal and has every symptom in the book. My firstborn, Anna, has Asperger's syndrome. My writing mentor AND my drawing mentor, both have Asperger's. My dad, too. My best friend from high school who committed suicide last year? He was autistic. You get the picture. I'm surrounded by wonderful people, all who are somewhere on the spectrum, all who make my life special.
Even if you don't buy anything from me, at least keep it in your mind that Autism is a big thing these days. It affects so many people, both young and old. Please participate in wearing blue on April 2nd!