Los Angeles, CA, February 25, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- When reports surfaced that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter had autism or Asperger's syndrome, autism memoir author Monica Holloway took action. She encouraged those affected by autism to “Take Back the Face of Autism” as part of a Facebook campaign inviting families to post photos of their loved ones on the autism spectrum to her Cowboy & Wills Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152328201900533&set=pb.247512810532.-2207520000.1360797584&type=3&theater). An outpouring of support arose with 53 photos of individuals with autism submitted since the campaign began on December 19, 2012.
Holloway urges the public to think of the other 1 in 88 American children affected by the complex condition, including her 15-year-old son Wills. “We welcome those affected by autism to continue taking back the face of autism through their photos and through these beautiful faces of their affected family members. Let’s put our kids’ faces forward and share the truth about autism,” says Holloway.
During a recent appearance on the autism web show Autism Live, Wills said, "I have Asperger's syndrome, a slight form of autism. It doesn't make you any different. It makes you who you are." The full interview can be viewed at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDM3HNvr1xA
Says Holloway, “Families from all over the country have sent in photos and descriptions of their loved ones with autism, as part of the “Take Back the Face of Autism” Facebook campaign. It’s been incredible and truly shows the support, love and acceptance of the autism community.”
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About Monica Holloway: Monica Holloway is the bestselling author of Cowboy & Wills, a Mother's Choice Award's Gold recipient, and the critically-acclaimed author of the memoir Driving With Dead People, described by Newsweek as "unforgettable," Glamour christened "a classic," and the Washington Post deemed "irresistible." Holloway lives with her son Wills and husband Michael Price, Co-Executive Producer of The Simpsons, in California. http://www.monicaholloway.com/
About Cowboy and Wills: Cowboy and Wills tells the story of the golden retriever puppy that changed Monica Holloway's disabled son's life by becoming his very first friend and coaxing him out into the world. Cowboy and Wills is published by Simon & Schuster. http://www.cowboyandwills.com https://www.facebook.com/cowboyandwills
About Autism: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), autism now affects about 1 in every 88 American children, including 1 in 54 boys. Autism is a complex condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. www.autismspeaks.org