Special Needs Book Partnership Promotes Kindness and Acceptance Initiative

Special Needs Book Partnership Promotes Kindness and Acceptance InitiativeGeek Club Books, Inc., an autism nonprofit, and Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books announced their “Kindness and Awareness” initiative to help educate children about other children with special needs.

Geek Club Books creates autism awareness education and curriculum so parents and teachers can introduce important topics of autism in the inclusive classroom.  Someone Special Books allows the parent or educator to further personalize the message of acceptance through its customizable picture books. Working in collaboration, the two organizations help children develop the compassion and understanding for their peers with special needs.

“Jodi Murphy and I are special needs moms,” said Heather McCarthy, co-founder of Someone Special Books. “While my children carry the diagnosis of Propionic Acidemia, her son has autism.  We both know that these are simply diagnoses and they do not define our children.”

“We have a common mission and dream for our children,” said Jodi Murphy, founder of Geek Club Books. “We want a kinder, more accepting world that looks deeper than a diagnosis.  Heather, her co-founder Kate Ryan, and I are providing the tools for special needs families to make that happen.”

“We are excited to partner with Geek Club Books,” said Kate Ryan. “Together, we are raising awareness, spreading acceptance and helping the fight against bullies.”

To support Geek Club Books and Someone Special Books kindness and awareness mission, go to http://bit.ly/someone-special-books

About Geek Club Books:
Founded by Jodi Murphy in 2014, Geek Club Books is a 501c3 autism charity with an autism education and empowerment mission. They produce interactive children’s story apps, enhanced e-books, curriculum, digital media, and webisodes to change perceptions and end stigmas surrounding autism. The nonprofit partners with clinical advisors and educational specialists. A team of adults with autism collaborate and contribute their talents to everything the organization produces. http://geekclubbooks.com/

About Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books:
Someone Special Uniquely Personalized Books was created by Heather McCarthy and Kate Ryan in order to help children understand their peers with special needs. Their mission is to spread the message of kindness and acceptance through personalized picture books. Each customized book focuses first on the child’s hobbies and interests, and the second half focuses on the child’s disability, condition, or syndrome. Children learn that children with special needs are more like them than they are different. http://someonespecialbooks.com/

This article was featured in Issue 53 – Working Toward The Future

Heather McCarthy

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