I was asked once, "How does one person change the world?" My reply was, "One story at a time".
The diagnosis of autism was a rare one back in 1988 when Matt was diagnosed - only 1:10,000 affected. Then the numbers grew.....and people began to notice. I went from trying to explain autism to those Matt met each year, to really promoting autism awareness through my stories and speaking engagements using this little website. Although most people know the word autism now, we still have a long way to go to make this world a better place for those on the spectrum. Thank you for helping me promote autism awareness.
Thank you world, for your willingness to listen and to open your heart and mind to the mysterious puzzle that is autism.
Progress Report: Here's what's been happening . . .
October 14, 2014
We were in the local Wal-mart. Matt goes his way to do his shopping and I go mine - to walk around aimlessly looking at things I don't need. Sometime later I am walking toward the area Matt loves most - videos, games and pictures. I see him a split second before he sees me. Matt immediately juts his arm over his head and waves enthusiastically. This means he found something he really likes.
Available in bookstores December 16, 2014
Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars
The World According to Matt Shines Light on Autism
“They say you must walk a mile in another person’s shoes to really know them. Liz Becker is an Autism Mom who walks a marathon in her autistic son’s shoes and details it beautifully in her book Autism and The World According to Matt: A collection of 50 inspirational short stories on raising a moderate/severe mostly non-verbal autistic child from diagnosis to independence.
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The new book is off to a wonderful debut - number 1 on Amazon "Hot New Releases"! I am speechless. Kindle
Also now available on the Barnes and Noble's Nook! Release date - Feb 23, 2014
Autism Light, created by Alan Stokes, recognizes heroes in and for the autism community.
Honored as an Autism Light #13, on August 11, 2011". There are over 250 Autism Lights now and the number continues to grow. It's an honor to be a part of this autism awareness campaign. Thank you, Alan!
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