*** Year 1 = £14,440 raised! THANK YOU ALL! ***
*** Year 2 = £189 - oh dear - lazy old tart, must try harder ***
*** Trying to get to £20,000 by end 2017! ***
In 2015, I wrote the poem 'I Stand Quietly' about my autistic daughter Beatrix and the challenges she faces: http://bit.ly/2hXnwzJ
In 2016, Beatrix herself featured in The Guardian, writing about how it feels to have sensory issues: http://bit.ly/2iPoTzP
...and the hubby did his bit over here: http://bit.ly/2iXEQkD
In 2017, who knows! Please check back for updates, determined to reach £20k somehow!
My daughter will only be a child for a few more years, most of her life, like all of us, will be as an adult. Autistic adults generally "don't look autistic", they look just like you. They ARE just like you: they want to work, to achieve their ambitions, to be part of society and community; they love, hate, dream and hurt like everyone else.
Autistics simply have a different neurology: they are part of our human yin yang - maybe they see the trees in the wood, maybe they specialise where others tend to generalise, whatever - we would all be better for working together.
All that autistic people are asking for is the same respect and rights as you take for granted. I raise money for the National Autistic Society because I believe they are the charity most likely to create change and that most effectively supports those who cannot support themselves.