April is World Autism Awareness Month!
I am so delighted to be part of this blog hop to raise awareness during World Autism Awareness Month arranged by Stampin’ Up Demonstrator Patty Chenail!
Did you know that around 700,000 people in the UK are on the autistic spectrum. Together with their families, this means autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people!
One of these amazing people is my son, who was diagnosed just last year at 10 years old.
This video from the National Autistic Society shows what it can be like for a child with autism in a busy environment. Please watch it.
We have spent years trying to convince our son’s teachers that he is well behaved at home, that in some situations at school he needs a lot more support. That he is NOT A NAUGHTY child. He has had some amazing teachers – which led to proper referrals and his diagnosis and of course along the way, the not so good. His current teacher is fabulous. He gets it and it has made ALL the difference to our son – HE UNDERSTANDS!
My card for this blog hop is about challenging the misconceptions and misunderstandings that people with Autism and their families face every single day.
The only guidelines we had, were to use the colours blue, red and yellow. I thought these gorgeous little guys fitted the bill perfectly. The dragon represents all the misunderstandings and battles that have to be faces often by people with Autism and the little Knight in Shining Armour is all of us, raising awareness, battling misconceptions and providing acceptance.
‘Until EVERYONE Understands ‘
is the aim of The National Autistic Society. The leading autism charity here in the UK.
You can find more information about them here. They have lots of resources and information. They do fabulous work raising awareness, supporting and educating. You can find all the information you need on fundraising and also donate to this amazing charity here.
I had lots of fun making this fun shaker card, and I think the sentiment is perfect too!
Can you see that he slightly sparkles? I have used clear Wink Of Stella to give a little sparkle. I have used it on the Knight to make his suit of armour shine.
Patti has organised this blog hop to raise awareness and funds to help people better understand how to help people with Autism in their daily lives. The charity is called OAR. Please have a look at the great work they do and if you are in the USA or Canada you can donate. Here is the link.OAR
I really hope you like my card, there are around lots of us hopping ! How fabulous is that! Do hop around for lots of inspiration and a wealth of information.
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Thank you for stopping by. Kate x
Jackie Bultje says
Great card Kate and thanks for sharing your story. Your son is blessed to have you as his mom and champion. Big hugs from Canada.
Thank you so much Jackie. Sending hugs back from the UK!
Tracey Gouraud says
Being the mother of an Asperger's Syndrome son, I thank y'all for getting the word out about the uniqueness of Autistic spectrum kids. I also love your card. I have this set now and look forward to trying to emulate your card soon. Thank you from a Stampin' Up demo in Texas, USA.
Thank you Tracey! Our kids truly are unique. I love this set. Have fun with it. X
Narelle Fasulo says
Awesome card Kate. I hear you with the school thing. My son also was diagnosed around that age. We had a horrid time with teachers, some great, some not so good, and some who undo all the gains made the year before. But we soldiered through it, no idea how…lol…There is light at the end of the tunnel. My son is 17 now and finally finished his schooling. He is a much happier child now. Thank you so much for help raising awareness.
Thanks Narelle x
Cynthia Millan says
Really love your card Kate. Love the Knight and Dragon for this Autism theme. As a Knight/mother who advocates for your son, you totally rock! Thank you for raising awareness and thanks for joining this hop. It's great to have you here! Enjoy your weekend and God Bless, Cynthia <><
Thank you so much Cynthia! So glad to be part of this hop, it's great to be here! Have a lovely weekend. Kate.
Annette Reed says
I just love this stamp set. It is so fun! I love shaker cards too so I think yours is stunning. Love it!
Thank you so much Annette!