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My friend Sam, Autism book series

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Raised by 48 people in 18 months
Created July 19, 2017
INTRODUCING “MY FRIEND SAM”

A CHILDREN’S BOOK PRESENTING THE
DIFFERENT STRUGGLES THAT KIDS, WHO ARE
DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM, DEAL WITH
EVERYDAY.

These little books are part of a series of 30 books that will explore the different levels of the Autism Spectrum.

Being an autism dad myself, I have been inspired to show our youth what autism is all about. To my knowledge, there is close to no children’s book that talk about autism. This series has the target market of kids between the ages of 4 to 8 years of age.

CAN A BOOK PREPARE THE WORLD?

WE ARE A GROUP OF PEOPLE MOTIVATED BY ONE THING AND THAT IS TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS WHO ARE DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM.

We are developing a series of book that illustrates and explains autism to kids between the ages of 4 to 8 years old. Have these books distributed throughout North America within the next 3 years and Europe in the next 7 years.

So that kids learn at a young age about the different aspects of the spectrum, our kids have friends in school who are dealing with autism on a day to day basis.

LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT THE ALARMING STATS :



Statistics taken from www.cdc.gov

Since 2008, we had a prevalence of 1 in 68 kids diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. However, a new research came out in November 2015 saying that we are now looking at 1 in 45 kids diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These are the ones that are consulting and get a diagnosis, there is still a lot who don’t consult. In 2000, the percentage ASD diagnosis represented 0.66% of the US population and in 2015, we are now at 2.2% of the US population. Within 15 years, the prevalence increased by about 30%.

If we take the time to look at the stats from around the world, we notice that Autism Spectrum Disorder is gaining in population. The prevalence for UK is 1 child in 100, 1 in 62 for Australia, 1 in 42 for Mexico, in china, the services that are in place for autism disorder are available for kids up to 6 years old, after that there are no more services. As you noticed, the stats come from well developed countries, this is because they have a health system that is in place and can diagnose the patients. Many countries do not have that privilege.
 
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER VS BULLYING


63% of the kids diagnosed with autism are being bullied in school. That would make it 4,018,140 people that are faced with bullying every day. They already have a lot to deal with on a day-to-day basis. A New Study from the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) finds Bullying causes significant short-term emotional and physical consequences for children with autism and are also often intentionally “triggered” into meltdowns or aggressive outbursts by ill-intentioned peers.

Why are we enabling this?

These books will prepare our society for a flux of kids, students, employees and adults who live with autism as they are growing in numbers. It will explain the intricacies of autism and better prepare us for things to come. It will allow us to see what needs to be changed and modified in our society to allow our children to be part of the work force.


The first three books; “My friend Sam, My friend Sam a play date with Damian and My friend Sam goes to school” are already published and it are available through Amazon. They are available in both official languages, French and English. They also have been translated in Vietnamese to distribute in Vietnam since they have little to nothing in documentation or books about autism there. We also have a partnership with Autism Canada who promotes the book on their first page at www.autismcanada.org , on their social media and in the monthly newsletters.

The development of the book series has been inspired by my son who deals with autism.

Autism Canada has also given me, 21 subjects to tackle in the books. Each book will have its own Autism story. (Non-verbal kid to uncontrollable behaviors, difficulties with texture, communication, heightened senses, etc .. )

The funding would help me to sustain the production of 2 books, writing, ilustrating, editing, marketing (through book shows, conferences, etc..), distribution in schools  and printing of the books.

We are at a point in time where it has become necessary to prepare our society of what is to come. We are not ready to include people on the spectrum in the workforce. This has got to change and I believe that, through these books, no only the child would learn, but the parent also, through bedtime stories or reading with their child.

There are different plateaus of sponsorship. Please give generously and thanks for your support.

Learn more about this project at www.myfriendsam.ca
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Update 35
Posted by Patrick Hardy
8 months ago
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Hey everyone, I've just started illustrating the 7th book which will cover texture and phobias. Please help me create this book by donating to ghe mission of autism awareness through these books. Thank you for the continuous support. #MyfriendSam #autism #autismawareness
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Update 34
Posted by Patrick Hardy
9 months ago
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Grâce à vos généreux dons, la création et la publication du livre #6 fut possible. Il est maintenant disponible en-ligne. Pour plus de détails, consultez: http://myfriendsam.ca/livre-sur-lintimidation/?lang=fr
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9 months ago
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Thanks to all your donations, the creation of book #6 was possible. It is now out and available for you to purchase. Get all the details here: http://myfriendsam.ca/a-book-on-bullying/
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Update 32
Posted by Patrick Hardy
10 months ago
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Book #6 is now being reviewed by the editor. Soon to be available online. We are exploring the world of bullying vs autism.

this was done with the collaboration of Miss Chantale Audet, a 31 yr old woman diagnosed on the spectrum of autism. She shared her story, growing up, in an era where autism was still a mystery and not heard of.

Can't wait to have this book come out.

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Le livre # 6 est actuellement en cours de révision par l'éditeur. Bientôt disponible en ligne. Nous explorons le monde de l'intimidation versus l'autisme.

Ce livre fut écrit avec la collaboration de Mlle Chantale Audet, une femme de 31 ans diagnostiquée sur le spectre de l'autisme. Elle a partagé son histoire, étant jeune, à une époque où l'autisme était encore un mystère et inconnu.

J'ai hâte d'avoir ce livre disponible partout.
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