Hello – and thanks for coming along to my blog post to support autism awareness month. As you can see from the banner, this year’s theme is animals. I have two cats, and there is nothing like sitting with a cat in your lap, hearing it purr as you stroke its fur or scritch its ears. Animals can make such a difference to your life.
A couple of years ago, we decided to cut down on the number of things we bought each other for Christmas and birthday. Looking around for ideas, I discovered The Donkey Sanctuary. We had visited the headquarters in Sidmouth while on holiday and sponsoring a donkey seemed like a great idea.
This is a photograph of Henry, the donkey I have sponsored for two years and a link to his page. He lives at the Manchester Sanctuary.
You may ask what has this to do with autism. From the regular updates I receive, I discovered that The Donkey sanctuary does a lot of work with both adults and children with physical and learning disabilities through their assisted therapy work and offer a chance for people to work with specially chosen donkeys. It has been found the people on the autistic spectrum can benefit from working with these special animals. Here is a link to the story of a boy called Alexander and a donkey called William. I hope they won’t mind me including it here.
The Donkey Sanctuary are changing how they work with autistic children so they can continue to work with the donkeys as adults. The story above shows just how donkeys help and there are many other examples.
You can find more about the work the charity does here.
And more about the National Autistic society here
There are lots of authors taking part in this autism awareness month. You can find the master page of their blog posts on RJ Scott’s blog.
Finally, I’ve decided to have a little giveaway. I’ll put the names of anyone who comments on this post into random.org and you can choose from an ecopy of either of my new books, While You See a Chance out 1st May or My Highland Cowboy out 6th June.
Thank you for visiting my page.