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Autism Speaks Donates Acceptance Books to Local Schools 

Earlier this fall, the Georgia Regional Office of Autism Speaks presented the Gwinnett County Public Schools and Foundation with seventy-five copies of “The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism,” one for each of their elementary schools. The books were given to the principal of each school to further the education of neurotypical children about the world of autism. 

The interactive book uses narrative, activities, conversation starters and journal exercises to help children ages 6 to 12 learn more about autism, develop understanding for people different from themselves and encourages them to be kind, compassionate and helpful through their actions. 

Read more about the book below.

‘Autism Acceptance’ Book Now Available

Share of Proceeds From Sales Go To Autism Speaks

Watering Can Press has announced the release of “The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism”.

Half of all profits from the book’s sale will be donated to Autism Speaks. 

The interactive book uses narrative, activities, conversation starters and journal exercises to help children ages 6 to 12 learn more about autism, develop understanding for people different from themselves and encourages them to be kind, compassionate and helpful through their actions. 

According to Watering Can founder Ellen Sabin, “The Autism Acceptance Book” helps children understand how the challenges, likes and dislikes of a person with autism may be different from their own. It encourages them to “walk in someone else’s shoes” and to imagine how they would like to be treated in various situations. As with all Watering Can titles, she says it also aims to empower children to help others through their actions. 

All Watering Can books are built to be appealing to children–with colorful illustrations, upbeat narrative, engaging activities and journal and scrapbook pages that allow children to customize their book. Previous Watering Can releases have won numerous awards and been recommended by parents, teachers, community leaders and media outlets including Parenting Magazine, Parents Magazine, The Associated Press and Learning Magazine. 

The autism project began when the father of a child with autism approached Sabin and asked her to use the proven format of her books to communicate information about autism to children. 

“All our books are about building character in children by letting them express their thoughts, feelings and ideas about certain topics,” says Sabin.

“As I researched this book, I learned that autism can be a very hard concept for young people to understand and so we created activities that let children use their personal experiences and imagination to empathize with the challenges individuals with autism might face.” 

The Autism Acceptance Book is meant for use at home or in the classroom. Watering Can also offers free teacher’s guides that link the book’s content to state and national curriculum standards on its Web site. 

See the book and page samples at Watering Can Press. To buy copies of The Autism Acceptance Book, visit the web site. Note: Bulk orders can be purchased at discounts directly from the publisher 212-243-3727 or and single copies can be bought through the Publisher’s fulfillment center at: 800-345-6665.


THE AUTISM ACCEPTANCE BOOK: BEING A FRIEND TO SOMEONE WITH AUTISM is an interactive, educational and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people’s differences. The 62-page spiral-bound book offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to “walk in someone else’s shoes” as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves.

While focusing on autism, ultimately, this book teaches broad life lessons about accepting and embracing people’s differences.

This book has been valued and shared widely. It’s been used by the United Nations to help launch the first World Autism Awareness Day, by Autism Speaks as the First National Walk Sponsor, and in many schools, communities, and households to foster acceptance for people with autism. 

The Autism Acceptance Book grows kids with character by:

  • Helping them understand that everyone is different and has unique talents and challenges.
  • Encouraging them to take the time and make the effort to understand and respect others.
  • Offering exercises that encourage them to practice empathy and compassion.
  • Building a better understanding of autism and how people with autism might interact and react in certain situations.
  • Broadening their experiences by showing them that all friendships are different and can be rewarding in many ways.
  • Building their self-esteem by helping them understand the power of their actions and their ability to be kind, compassionate and helpful.

Why The Autism Acceptance Book is SO important…

Autism is a growing issue that challenges thousands of children every year. Children with autism face many challenges and obstacles. These children will have an easier time navigating the world if the people in their lives take the time to understand them better.

Children who do not have autism live in a world full of people who are different from each other in all sorts of ways. It isn’t always easy for children to understand and accept people that seem different or behave in ways they find unfamiliar. When children learn more about people with autism, they will be supporting their peers, making new friends, and strengthening their own character.

This book is ideal for use in classrooms, camps, and other group settings.


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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