Everyone is different in his or her own way, from the way they look to the way they dress. One of the biggest differences among people around the world is the way we communicate. The world is not always understanding of these different ways of communicating and often pressures those individuals to change. This is a constant struggle for autistic people who have difficulties communicating.
No one understands this better than Milda Bandzaitė. Milda is an artist, illustrator, photographer, and activist. Along with being all those things she was also diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Milda is a strong supporter of autism rights and is pro-neurodiversity. She is against the views that people with autism need to be fixed or cured. She believes that people with autism are individuals just like everyone else, and that individuality deserves to be respected.
In an effort to educate and inform people on these ideas and how they affect people with autism, Milda has started a project. She is launching a kickstarter campaign to fund her project, the self-publication of her picture book “The Girl Who Didn’t Know How To Be”. The book is about a girl who struggles to fit into society but rather than conforming to their standards, she decides to play by her own rules. The book is an allegory of someone who has autism. It is intended to give an understanding and insight into what it is like to be a child growing up with autism.
“The Girl Who Didn’t Know How To Be” will be published and offered in two editions. The first edition is the regular edition and will an 80 full color paged softcover book. The second edition will be a hardcover edition and will be an 120 full color paged book. This hardcover edition will be a limited edition with only 42 copies made.
If you are interested in learning more about Milda, please visit her kickstarter page. Milda offers a personal insight as to what her experience with autism has been. Every person on spectrum experiences autism and life overall in a different way. As Temple Grandin once said, people with autism are “Different, not less”. To join the American Autism Association in our efforts to help alleviate the stressors families and people affected by autism may face, please visit our website.