Just to let Australia know, here in Perth, there was nothing noted in the nightly news on any of the commercial channels or a mention in the newspapers to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day. Nor was there an acknowledgement that April is now Autism Awareness Month (not May as in previous years) and to make matters worse, the iconic bell tower on the Swan River in Perth, malfunctioned and didn't "light it up blue" for the worldwide campaign created by Autism Speaks. Not even the prominent newspaper, The Australian, printed a single word. I was so disappointed and in response wrote this letter to the editor;
"To the Editor
On the eve of World Autism Awareness Day, yet again, I feel let down by the media. I write letters in the vain hope that attention will be given to this worthy cause but alas, not a thing. Not a mention. Nothing. Today is just another example on a long list of ignorant media entities. But hey! If I was P!nk and decided to be B!ue, perhaps it would make the news. I am a mother of 6 children and I am a passionate advocate for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) daily. They will not disappear because you choose not to see.
April 1st kicked off Autism Awareness month with April 2nd being the official World Autism Awareness Day. There are various campaigns running around Australia including “Light It Up Blue” with prominent and iconic buildings being lit up blue and another today being April 2nd, which is "Wear Blue on April 2". Please prove me wrong and send me the article you published that I couldn't find...
To those who knew and participated in these events, I congratulate and thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Education and Awareness of the Autism Spectrum will lead the way in creating a more tolerant, kind and cohesive society.
I'm looking forward to your reply and hope you will publish this submission in the Letters to the Editor, then perhaps, there will be a mention after all.
It wasn't published but that's no surprise is it?
I'm on the board of Autism Solutions Incorporated here in Perth http://www.facebook.com/pages/Autism-Solutions-Incorporated/145471282184384. We formed this organisation due to the lack of support available for families in our community. We are passionate parents devoted to the cause of raising awareness of ASD and promoting understanding and acceptance. We celebrated this year by baking 500 cupcakes iced with blue icing and children went to school dressed in blue giving a gold coin donation to any autism charity organisation of the school's choice...what fun!
Now imagine that on a national scale! Now I would like to share this idea...let's link all groups big and small to be a collective voice for all people on the spectrum and their families. There is a Facebook site already collating website addresses and linking groups together so I posted this discussion note;
"What a powerhouse we'd be, if all the groups around Australia linked together? Especially for the huge national and international events?
There are so many groups around Australia who may or may not be aware of each other. I'm finding new ones all the time, so all groups, small or large, let's join together. Many hands make light work and many voices raised as one have the power to change the world.
There is a page already up and running at the moment;
So please add your details, share your ideas and join the collective voice...
Post a reply and let me know your thoughts :)"
Before I posted this new topic on Facebook, I added "...on the political front line, Bobb Buckley and A4 are doing an amazing job representing all Australians and providing us with a collective voice. If you haven't joined A4 yet, please register and give Bobb your full support; http://a4.org.au/a4/"
Are you listening Australia? I hope so...so come on and join the party :)