Monday, April 6, 2015

Lift4Autism Giveaway Week 1


April is Autism Awareness month, and the romance reading community is celebrating!  1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism every year, making it the fastest growing and one of the most prevalent developmental disabilities. Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan have organized a MegaGiveaway called LIFT featuring more than 50 authors to raise awareness and acceptance! Each Monday in April, a new rafflecopter will go live, loaded with e-books, audio books, swag packs, signed paperbacks and gift cards from these amazing authors doing their part to LIFT4Autism. 
And there's LIFTWear - 4 styles to choose from! All proceeds from the LIFT t-shirts will go to a national autism organization. 

Order t-shirts HERE until MONDAY, APRIL 13!

LIFT tshirt
Good luck and #LIFTOff!

About Bella:

My beautiful daughter, Bella, was diagnosed with Autism when she was just 3 years old.  She is nonverbal, and has many challenges ahead of her.  Bella gets frustrated when she can't tell us what she wants and it breaks my heart.  I worry about what her future holds, how she will be treated by others, and being able to protect her.  

Sometimes when we go out it's too loud for her and she covers her ears (this is known as sensory overload.)  She makes funny noises as she tries to talk, and has chewlry, which is a necklace that she can chew on to relieve the pain in her jaw, caused by sensory problems.  

When we go out with my daughter, we get stared at, and some people even give her dirty looks.  People think our daughter is rude when they ask her what her name is or how old she is, and she doesn't respond.  We explain that she is nonverbal.  Our daughter understands everything, but many times people assume that she is intellectually disabled because she cannot speak.  

We are still in the process of potty training, teaching my daughter how to eat with silverware, communication, how to get dressed, and other basic necessities that are often taken for granted.  The therapies that she needs are extremely expensive, and some are not covered by our insurance. This is a real struggle that families with Autism are facing.   

My hope is that if we spread awareness, people will be more understanding, and compassionate.  I hope that they will talk to their children about Autism, and spread empathy, sensitivity, and caring.  

Thank You to Kennedy Ryan, Ginger Scott, and all of the wonderful authors participating to bring Autism Awareness to the forefront!

Good luck and #LIFTOf

Mega Giveaway:

Good luck and #LIFTOff!


  1. Bella is absolutely beautiful! One of my close friend's second child was diagnosed with Autism and another family friend's child was as well. It is very much heartbreaking, but the love and support I, myself, have witness within those families is purely amazing.

    1. Thank You Magen. Yes, it is very heartbreaking. Especially when you realize that you're child has such a tough road ahead, because we all want the best for our children. On the positive side, my daughter has taught me so much, and brings me unconditional love. She has my heart! The Autism community is a very strong one, and there is a lit of support out there, once you know where to look. Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. It means a lot to me :)

  2. Thank you for participating in this.


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