Autism Storms and Rainbows wins Facebook Page Award
Sarah Alderson from Morecambe UK, is mum to 3 children, her youngest son Elliot, 4, is on the autistic spectrum. Autism Daily Newscast first reported on Sarah back in September about Sarah’s ‘Red Alert’ posters. Sarah also runs an Autism awareness and support group on Facebook, ‘Autism Storms and Rainbows‘. This is Sarah’s description of the group.
‘I have watched my son regress into his bubble, didn’t turn to his name, lost his words, I have had the stares and looks, I have hit rock bottom and worked my way back up again, I have learned to celebrate the little milestones he hits no matter how late. We have changed the whole family’s way of life, learnt marathon, pecs and a whole new way to try and communicate with him, was wanting to share our journeys, experiences while offering advice and support and raising awareness……he’s 4 years old, let the journey continue. ‘
Autism Storms and Rainbows have over 10,000 followers and recently won an award. It was named Facebook Page of the Year by the panel from World Autism Community. Autism Daily Newscast asked Sarah to tell us more about the people who nominated her for the award.
“I was nominated by a group of people who run a private group on Facebook called WAC (World Autism Community); they are based in Massachusetts in the US.”
As well as the Facebook page WAC also run a social network, www.worldautismcommunity.com. This is a social community for people who are on the autistic spectrum as well as those who care for them. They state that they ‘provide a place where they are accepted and if they can grow at their own pace.’
Sarah explained the reason why she was given the award.
“They said it was refreshing to have a UK page that wasn’t out for profit or to promote myself as a business. They said its people like me who need recognition!”
This is the message that Sarah received from WAC.
‘We have awesome news for you Autism storms and rainbows the members of our group and all of us on the WAC-World autism community panel have voted your page as Page of the year 2013 under categories:
1)Promoting Autism awareness 2)Promoting Autism acceptance 3)Informative 4)Promoting early Intervention 5)promoting new ideas 6) Supporting all areas of the Autistic spectrum and lastly 7)Supporting in your own local community.’
‘Facebook fan pages are increasingly becoming a resource for parents and children on the autism spectrum to swap stories, share strategies and find support, Pages like yours allow families to build their own little community that reaches all over the world, you will be helping people and families in more ways than you can imagine, well done, keep up the good work.’
Sarah is still promoting her Red Alert posters and supporting people via her community page. Her next project is to make a portfolio of her stunning photographs of son Elliot. She hopes that by doing so she will again help to raise awareness and give some insight into how her son Elliot views the world. She will also use any money raised to help fund a Christmas Party for her local disability support group on Facebook, Parents and Children with Disabilities Support Group Morecambe.
“I am hoping to produce a selection of photos showing how Elliot views the world, I always try to imagine things from his perspective and as I am a passionate photographer I’m hoping to create an insight into the Autistic world. “
There really is no stopping Sarah Alderson in her various projects to raise autism awareness and support others.