I’m posting the following information for my friend Kim–a fellow writer who is on the cusp of publication–who is a mother of three girls with Autism.Ã‚Â She does a lot of work, and writes frequently on theÃ‚Â subject (see her site for all the venues she frequents) Ã‚Â so this event is dear to her…if you can go, please do!
WRITERS ON AUTISM:Ã‚Â Ã‚Â FIRST ANNUAL READING
Ã‚Â The first annual Writers on Autism reading will be held at 7 PM on Thursday June 7, 2007 at the Empire State Building in the Lifespire Education and Conference Center. Barbara Fischkin, Michele Iallonardi, Rachel Kaplan, Sheila Kohler, Landon J. Napoleon, Michele Pierce Burns, John Robison and Kim Stagliano will read from their books, journalism, stories and essays and join in a panel discussion. Books will be on sale and the event Ã¢â‚¬â€œ free and open to the public– will close with author signings. The Lifespire Education and Conference Center is located on the third floor of the Empire State Building
The readers and panelists, all of whom have written either about autism or about issues of importance to the autism community, include established authors as well as up-and-coming writers.Ã‚Â Four are mothers of children with autism and, as parents, represent a total of eight children on the Autism spectrum. Included among the other writers are two individuals who are on the Autism spectrum, themselves.
Fittingly, this event is hosted by Lifespire, Inc., a beloved 55-year-old, not-for-profit organization that each day serves 5000 developmentally disabled individuals in New York and New Jersey.Ã‚Â https://www.lifespire.org
Writers on Autism is a community event which aims to further the understanding of autism, a communication disorder that has reached epidemic proportions and according to federal government statistics is now diagnosed in one in every 150 children.Ã‚Â The participating authors have been invited to donate a percentage of their profits to the autism organizations of their choices.