The world is full of negativity towards autism. I think it’s time for a change.
Autistic children have an absolutely fascinating perspective on the world. Having grown up with autism myself, I know how unfair it is that we are often seen by our weaknesses before our strengths. So I thought it was time to turn it around, and share our positive insights with the rest of the world.
I went to my Facebook community, Autistic Not Weird, and asked as many parents as possible to go to their children and teenagers and ask them: "what do you love most about life?"
150 answers later, I compiled them into this book.
Being a former teacher with Asperger Syndrome (and a man who was once an autistic child) I have seen autism from both a personal and professional perspective. I know how isolating it can be when you grow up with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). I also know how joyous it is when you realise you’re not alone, and that others all across the world can empathise with you. So with this in mind, I wanted to compile a book that would not only show the wonders of autistic perspectives, but also help people.
This book may be suitable for:
- Young people on the autism spectrum who feel alone or isolated;
- Families affected by autism, who value the uplifting moments and insights children on the spectrum can give;
- Schools with autistic students;
- Mental health clinics or hospitals;
- Libraries and bookstores;
- People who want a nice Christmas present for someone!
Young people from all across the autism spectrum are represented in this book:
- The children hail from twenty different countries, which span across every continent on Earth (except Antarctica, if you want to be technical!).
This book is an anthology of awesome answers, but it’s also so much more than that. It is a statement: that children all across the autism spectrum have a wonderful understanding of this world's beauty. That an ASD is far from the life sentence of suffering that people are tricked into believing. That it's time to stop making negative assumptions about kids.
I hope you see this book as a worthwhile investment. I hope it helps shift worldwide attitudes to autism in a much more positive direction. And I hope these 150 young people have their perspectives heard and appreciated by many, many people.
Book specifications: A5 (half letter) portrait, paperback, 150 pages (75 leaves), perfect bound, full colour.
Compiled by Chris Bonnello, designed by Nancy J Price.
The books will be split between British and American printers, in order to save North American backers some postage costs.
Risks and challenges
Honestly, I think the main two risks involved with this project are:
1) The project not being funded- in which case, there'll be no consequences for anyone except me (although I may have some bad news to break to 150 kids).
2) The project being enormously popular (which may affect fulfilment speed etc).
The other risks have been suitably addressed: I have done my homework with regards to printing and distribution costs, I have been in close contact with the families involved and the content of the book has been confirmed and agreed with each of them, and as I am studying creative writing at Nottingham Trent University I have plenty of contacts for extra publishing advice (not least those who are publishing some of my fiction work in an anthology).
Oh- and a couple of tiny disclaimers:
1) Images on this page, including those in the video, may not necessarily be identical to the published versions. However, they are certainly representative of the quality you can expect.
2) To those who pledge enough to claim the optional Skype chats or seminars: whereas I can absolutely guarantee a discussion about these events, their actual occurrence MUST depend on the practicalities involved- e.g. technology (for Skype), travel (for seminars), mutually available times, etc). Whereas I am willing to go to great lengths for others, both parties must respect practical limitations.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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