Respect – a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
Though there are many organizations that advocate for autism awareness, we take it a step further in advocating for respect and understanding of neurodiversity. Each individual has unique “superpowers” they can contribute to the world, and deserves respect.
1 in 68 children in the United Stated is on the autism spectrum, and a recent study reveals that these children are 5 times more likely to experience bullying than their peers (Sesame Workshop, 2017). These numbers are especially alarming with the rise in cyberbullying which can take place 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (stopbullying.gov, 2017). Children who are bullied are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, loneliness, sadness, eating/sleep problems, and health complaints that persist into adulthood (stopbullying.gov, 2017).
In our organization’s first campaign, “Warriors Against Bullying,” we seek to educate both children and adult about the autism spectrum and what each individual can do as a warrior against bullying; we use superheroes and cartoon characters to illustrate in an engaging/fun way for all ages.
I’ve always wanted to do something to make a difference in the world. As someone who has experience bullying firsthand, this issue was at the forefront of my formation of this organization. The name “WAR” comes from the organization within my Wolf’s WAR fantasy book series; I simply changed the meaning of the acronym.
If you would like for us to visit your school or event for a presentation, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also visit our Facebook page for upcoming events and more information on what you can do to become a warrior.