New England Mobile Book Fair Hosts Local Author for Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month and New England Mobile Book Fair will be hosting Irene Tanzman, local author of Abie and Arlene’s Autism War. The setting will be informal & casual, Irene will be discussing her new book at a meet-and-greet with customers on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Abie and Arlene’s Autism War, biographical fiction inspired by the author’s true story, describes an autism family’s experiences through the points of view of Abie, a non-verbal child growing up with autism and Arlene, the parent of a child with autism. Irene Tanzman is a staunch advocate for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. She is the mother of two adults, one of whom is diagnosed with autism. She blogs on topics of healthcare, advocacy, and disability. Customers will have the opportunity to discuss the book, learn about autism, and share their own experiences with the author. The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970. The aim of this month is to educate the public about autism. Massachusetts General Law dedicates the month of April to raising awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is a developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people. Autism has become the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. On April 26, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 59 children (1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Families participate in Autism Awareness Month by doing various activities to promote autism awareness. NEMBF is proud to participate in Autism Awareness Month.