Matt and I on TV - and he was fabulous!!!
The Joy Sutton Show - The power of a mother's love.
Give someone the book "Autism and the World According to Matt". For April the ebook is on sale for only $0.99!!! Give the gift of awareness!
Give to a great autism organization -
It's almost Autism Awareness month and I am promoting Autism-Live. For those that are doing awareness walks, and other awareness activities, I highly recommend that a portion of what you bring in goes to keeping Autism-Live on the air. Their programs educate parents, professionals and the public. Their shows are free to all. They have everything possible addressed in these webcasts - and even interviews from those you want to hear from, like Temple Grandin. So if you are doing a fund-raiser, please keep this show going by setting aside something for those giving it their all to help all the rest of us.
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 - 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. We now reach almost 4 Million people, and though 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: The transition continues as Matt's schedule changes this weekend to 5 days a week, Sun - Thurs. I get to start having him home on Friday and Saturday!! Tuesdays a re scheduled for shopping and Wed - "Survivor" at Matt's place!! Woohoo! The schedule is anticipated positively by all parties - including Mr. Awesome. It also helps with my schedule, and with the spring warm weather goal of walking the neighborhood to meet his new neighbors. The neighbors have been anxiously waiting.... it's not everyday they get to meet a "famous" guy (his newspaper pictures is posted in the office). Let the next step begin!!
A 2-part series on Matt, his mom, and life on the spectrum.
Autism Daily Newscast - February 2014
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 and the World According to Matt is a collection of inspirational short stories about a moderate to severe and mostly non-verbal autistic child and his journey from diagnosis to living independently.
5.0 out of 5 stars
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!
Many thanks go out to AUTISM SUPPORT NETWORK for publishing so many of my stories over the years. Below are few of the more recent ones -