Friday, June 18, 2010

Celebrating Differences on Autistic Pride Day

Today is Autistic Pride Day. On this day, we should be celebrating the differences found in neurodiversity. This year's theme is "Perspectives, not fear."

Children should be brought up to be tolerant and accepting. Here at Star Bright Books, we understand the importance of raising children to be informed members of society. That's why we've published multiple titles dealing with physical, neurological, and cultural differences.

Disabled Fables is a collection of Aesop's Fables retold and illustrated by artists with developmental disabilities. At the end of each story, the artist shares the personal meaning they have found in the story and gives a little background information on his or herself. Disabled Fables is an excellent book for both children and adults to really understand different disabilities on a more intimate level.

We Can Do It! features different children around five years old who have various disabilities, including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, and blindness. These children show the reader how they can still do the things they love, even with what would appear to be a physical setback.

Brothers & Sisters is a book told by children who have a sibling with a disability. They show the reader how his or her sibling is special to them and enriches the lives of those around them.

Friends at School shows children with many differences in a classroom environment. They play games, share, and have fun together. It demonstrates to the reader that inclusiveness and understanding are not just theoretical - they're a very real possibility!

Succeeding with LD (Succeeding with Learning Differences) is a collection of true stories from people who grew up with LD. Each person tells how they were able to overcome social and academic situations that were more difficult for them than people without LD. In the latest edition of the book, each section is followed by a passage from the person ten years later. It's a true inspiration to anyone who reads this book.

Teach your child, and even yourself, about the joys and wonders that come from building a community that is open and caring for everyone. When we all learn to celebrate the things that set us apart, and appreciate how they can positively influence our lives, it's a step towards making the world a better place.

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