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Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Every April friends and family of those who know and love an individual with Autism proudly declare and invite others to spread Autism Awareness. They – myself include – “Light-it-Up-Blue”, wear blue shirts, and post startling facts about Autism that most people can’t put into perspective or don’t care to. Is this really Autism Awareness? This is a question I’ve been asking myself for quite some time.

I recently came across an article written by two young men known as the Asperger Experts. (Their link is below.) I think their juxtaposition that the aforementioned methods of spreading awareness are indeed well-intended, but rather fruitless. So where does that leave us? Do we stop wearing blue and turning on blue porch lights? Does the world stop illuminating buildings to show solidarity with those on the Spectrum? Certainly not, according to my teenager (who has Autism and loves this article I’ve written). But awareness is more than this. It’s more than the plastering of the color blue and definitely more than a random smattering of factoids at people who can’t put those facts into context. That’s a waste of effort for all of us.

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Article from The Courier about Friends of BVS

Everyday Hero

Friends of BVS president receives Everyday Hero award

Friends of BVS has recently been spotlighted in the local news thanks to an award our president, Christina Treece, recently received.

Christina was nominated by her friend Rosita Harper for Free Country’s Everyday Hero Award. The clothing brand Free Country offers this monthly award to honor people making a difference in their local community. Rosita felt that Christina’s work with Friends of BVS exemplified just the type of “hero” that Free Country was looking for. So she submitted her nomination and a little while later Christina was named as the Everyday Hero for the month of March 2015.

Check out some of the news coverage below.

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