Hi, my name is Iris Knightley and I’m the author of The Three Brotherteers. I am the mother of three wonderful young boys, Barris, Kensington and Zachary. My oldest son Barris was diagnosed with autism at the age of three; Barris is non-verbal and unable to read or write. One afternoon, I was watching my children play with each other and I was simply amazed by how autism isn’t a factor in their interactions with one another. My children simply see Barris for who he is; they don’t see him by his autistic label.
Our journey as a family inspired me to write my book, The Three Brotherteers. I decided to take a pen to paper and write a vivacious and classic story of three young brothers who go on an adventurous journey, as they race about outside on a chilly autumn evening, where the family dog and the frisky squirrels are transformed into characters within their topsy-turvy escapades. Autism doesn’t play a role in the storyline; it’s about the character’s natural ability to engage in social acceptance.
In today’s technology-driven culture, computers, tablets and smartphones often replace the good ‘ol days of hide and seek, climbing trees and playing a game of tag. Disconnecting from everyday technology and encouraging my children to engage with their imagination has helped them embrace their brother Barris, regardless of his autism. The story of The Three Brotherteers brings to life children’s ability to use their imagination, create their own stories and relate with one another.
I decided to launch this Kickstarter to share The Three Brotherteers with all of you. With your support, I’ll be able to self-publish my book. For every $20 pledge, you’ll receive an advance copy of The Three Brotherteers before it’s released to the general public in January 2018. For every $35 pledge, you’ll receive an advance copy of my book plus special edition posters of The Three Brotherteers characters included.
This book is my opportunity to communicate with others about autism and share the positive experiences that can be created for children, especially those who are autistic. I want my readers to learn that children with autism are capable of meaningful communication. Others must learn to believe that they are capable of living a fulfilling life through various activities like play therapy.
I hope you’re inspired to help me in two ways: one, please share this Kickstarter with your friends on social media, including: Facebook, Instagram, or even an email. A share is priceless to the success of this campaign. And two, please make a pledge of $20 or $35 and you’ll get an advance copy of The Three Brotherteers, or even a small contribution will help us raise awareness.
A portion of proceeds from my book sales will benefit Good Dog! Autism Companions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families live better lives through autism service dog companionship.
Risks and challenges
An important aspect of my Kickstarter is to promote autism awareness and inclusion for those living with this disability. In addition, my fundraising goal will assist me in launching The Three Brotherteers. Even though there may be challenges or obstacles in publishing my book, I have an excellent support team to assist me in completing my project, ensure product delivery, and tackle any obstacle that may hinder me in my Kickstarter campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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