Long Island Mom to Publish "Long Island Expressions" to Champion Autism Awareness

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The cause of Autism Awarness is being supported by creative writing talent all over Long Island. LI Expressions is a book of poetry, prose, and short stories is due out March 1, 2005 and will be sold for $15.95 to raise awareness and funds for Autism Associations on L.I.

Creative writers all over Long Island are donating their poetry, prose, and short stories to a local mom for the cause of Autism Awareness. Teri Schwartz, of Selden, has honed her writing skills at The Long Island Writers' Guild, Inc. and the Farmingdale Creative Writing Group and now she's putting her hobby to work for her son, and helping her writing peers. The collection of writings by thirty-two contributors is titled Long Island Expressions: A Show Case of L.I. Writing Talent for Autism Awareness, and is due out the first week of March, 2005. The book contains pieces highlighting family life, commuting, long island events and favorite places on the island, along with a potpourri of other creative works.

In April of 2003, High Functioning Autism was the diagnosis given to Mrs. Schwartz's son, Brian.

"Autism seems to be the invisible disease," Mrs. Schwartz relayed, "It has few visible indications and people assume you have a poorly behaved, undisciplined child when they act out in public. In reality, Autistic children have great troubles controlling their socially unacceptable behavior and adapting to their world. Parents dealing with Autism are forced to become experts and advocates on the subject, because there is so little awareness."

Autism is now estimated to effect 1 out of every 188 children. Medications and therapies are available; however, the exact cause has not been isolated as of yet and a cure seems to be far away. Autism is a neurological disorder that affects an individual's neuro-transmissions. Symptoms include Attention Deficit Issues, Sensory Integration Problems and a wide range of social inadequacies. Contrary to popular belief, many Autistic sufferers are highly intelligent and have the ability to remember obscure, infinite details about specific subjects they choose.

"People always ask me to describe my son and how he is affected," Mrs. Schwartz went on to say, "the best analogy I can offer is that I have a miniature hyperactive 'Rain Main' on my hands. What people do not realize, is that under all that socially inappropriate behavior is a loving, affectionate child whose world simply misunderstands him. He means no one any harm."

For more information or to pre-order a copy of the book, contact L.I. Expressions, P.O. Box 173 Jericho, NY 11753 or e-mail liexpressions@optonline.net. Due out March 1, 2005, the book will sell for $15.95, a portion of the proceeds to benefit Autism Associations on Long Island.

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