MEIC illustrator Hazel Mitchell is a finalist in in the 16th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards, sponsored by The New York City–Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.
The Book 'How to Talk to an Autistic Kid' is authored by Daniel Stefanski, a 15 yr old autistic boy. The illustrations are by Hazel Mitchell and the book is published by Freespirit Publishing.
The Autism National Committee called How to Talk to an Autistic Kid “one of the best children’s books on autism . . . This book will help the children and teens of today become the compassionate adults of tomorrow, as they learn how to relate to the increasing numbers of people being diagnosed with ASD.”
Publishers Weekly said the book “clearly explain[s] the difficulties with communication and social interactions that frequently accompany autism, while urging readers to reach out to and stick up for autistic children.”
The winners of the Books for a Better Life Awards will be announced during a ceremony at The New York Times Center in New York City on Monday, March 12, 2012.