Back in April 2010, my son Carter was diagnosed with Autism.
When he was in preschool the following year, his classmates had started to ask questions about his odd behaviours. The kids were young, but they were well aware that Carter was different than them. Their genuine curiosity motivated me to seek out a book that Carter’s teacher could read to them, to answer some of their questions about Autism.
I was not able to find such a book, so I decided to a write story of my own.
I wanted the story to explain some of Carter’s behaviours, and in a way that the children could understand. It was initially meant for his classmates alone, but I was encouraged by those that heard the story, to pursue publishing and make it a resource available to all.
That is how the whole concept of “Clever Carter” began.
Clever Carter: A Book About Autism, is a children's book intended to be used as a resource, when educating children, that are not on the spectrum, about the disorder.
The story demystifies some of the common behaviours of ASD and encourages inclusion, acceptance and understanding of children with Autism.
Through Carter, the story educates about some of the behaviours and misconceptions of Autism, however, each individual child on the spectrum has their own unique abilities, traits and behaviours.
For that reason, a page of questions was created for the reader to ask at the end of the story.
The questions were written from two angles.
One is to relate the story to another child on the spectrum, that has different behaviours and interests than Carter does.
And two, is to help children recognize the similarities between those diagnosed with Autism, and themselves.
Our mission for the campaign is to raise the funds we need in order to print the books, and to provide a resource that can be used in all classrooms and libraries to educate children about Autism.
"If we wish to educate our children on diversity, we must teach acceptance and understanding of individuality.
Early intervention is fundamental.
It is the way to serenity in the future." -Sara Park
Risks and challenges
We recognize that publishing a book comes with a cost and some challenges. Clever Carter is a finished product with the exception of printing. The only challenges we anticipate, assuming we reach our target is the availability of press time. Given the time of the year we recognize this is a busy time of the year for most printers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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