Wednesday, April 2, 2014

World Autism Acceptance Day 2014 and a TPGA Book Sale
It's World Autism Awareness Day. To many. But to the autistic people we love, work with, fight alongside, parent, and (some of us) are ourselves, it's instead a day to bust myths, speak out, and try to change the world to be a more autistic-friendly place. It's Autism Acceptance Day.

One of the tools we use to further acceptance and understanding is our eponymous book, Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. We created our book to be the resource we wished had been there when autism first came into our lives. And because we want that resource in the hands of as many people as possible we've lowered the price on the Kindle version of the TPGA book to $2.99, for the entirety of April.

Whether you're a parent, an autistic advocate, or a professional -- veteran, or just entering the arena -- our book is full of helpful and frank information: from ten steps to take after a new autism diagnosis, to what it feels like to grow up undiagnosed; from understanding what a good speech therapist can do for an autistic child, to understanding that behavior is communication. In the words of an autistic advocate, this is why you need our book:
"TPGA is the best guide to autism that I have seen. It’s full of practical stories that illustrate the challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls; and offer constructive suggestions for most any situation. The best thing about this book is that all its stories are told from a perspective of compassion, acceptance, and love; three of the four elements that are key to building a better life. The fourth element – determination – is evidenced by readers when they make the decision to buy a book like this as a step on a journey to a better tomorrow." —John Elder Robison
So please, spread the word, share this post, buy the book, tell your friends, family, and colleagues to do so as well, and help us push April past awareness and into acceptance.

Consider this our commercial break to counter the commercial nature of so many WAAD efforts. For the rest of April, we'll go back to our regular Autism Acceptance Month programming of hearing from autistic people about what they want, and what they need.