Posted on: Friday 11 October 2019
This week the official book launch of 'Moli The Cow Who Moo She Was Different' took place at the Serennu Centre in Newport. The book raises awareness and understanding of the Autism Spectrum.
Supported by the Gwent Regional Partnership and Newport Councillor Paul Cockeram, the book was created by a group of young people from across Gwent who live with autism.
The children wanted to share their own experiences and feelings through creative writing. It highlights the importance of embracing difference and how everyone has their own individual strengths.
The launch featured a live reading of the book, narrated by creative storywriter Mike Church. Mike played an instrumental role in working with the children and parents to bring the story to life.
The children also received a video message from the Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething AM, and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland.
Torfaen Executive Member for Education, Cllr David Yeowell said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in the creation of this story. This book is a significant milestone in the efforts to raise awareness of Autism across Wales.”
The Gwent Regional Partnership Team Project Manager Natasha Harris who coordinated the project also attended the Welsh Autism Show in Cardiff to promote the book and received excellent feedback.
Natasha said: “It’s been a real privilege to take this project forward in Gwent as I’m hugely passionate about raising awareness of autism and tackling stigma.
“The young people were fantastic and shared their creative ideas and experiences of their own autism to help tackle issues that were important to them.
“The project really gave the young people a voice and I feel very proud of the book they have created and can’t wait to promote it throughout Gwent. The response to the book has been amazing!”
The book has been published by Petra Publishing who have previously worked with a parent group in Caerphilly to create 'the Elephant Who Forgot'; a book that was developed to raise awareness of dementia for children.
A number of organisations across Wales have already placed orders for copies of the book in order to share with children and families they work with. Copies of the book will also be distributed to Primary Schools and libraries in Gwent and is available to purchase through Petra Publishing.