My son, Simon, is one of those 1 in 88 kids. That's why today's strip is very personal to me.

April is National Autism Awareness Month.

Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day. To celebrate, we Light It Up Blue.

What does it mean to Light It Up Blue? Well, I'll let Autism Speaks explain as I think that they would do a much better job than I could:

Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.

So basically, you can replace your outdoor light bulb with a blue one to help raise awareness. That's what my family does.

However, we wanted to do more. See, a few weeks back, my wife and I were talking about what we wanted to do to Light It Up Blue this month, and I mentioned that I'd love to write a strip for World Autism Awareness Day, but I was drawing a blank. I was just having a hard time coming up with what I wanted to say in 4 panels.

It was Karen, that's my wife, who came up with the idea for this strip. She pretty much wrote it right there in our kitchen. I put it on paper, sent it to Harold, and he drew it all up.

So this one is for Simon.

If you want to Light It Up Blue this month, just visit your local Home Depot and buy a blue light bulb, or visit their site and order them online: Home Depot - Light It Up Blue Bulbs

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  1. Hey man... I'm going to post in the Google+ group we're both is but wanted to let you know that you and I are ALSO in the "Cartoonists who have sons that are autistic" group as well.

  2. Hey... writers can be cartoonists too. :-)
    When I'm creating a strip, I'm 50% writer and 50% artist.

    And sometimes I'm neither.