This year the Fox Cities Book Festival will devote an evening to the discussion and understanding of autism at the event The Reason I Jump: Autism & Our Community. The celebrated bestseller The Reason I Jump: the Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida will be the starting point for this evening’s discussion.
The book offers an intimate look at life from an autistic boy’s perspective. Talk will not be limited to the book, however. The organizers intend for the event to bring together people from across the community for a far-ranging discussion about autism in the Fox Cities area.
A distinguished panel of professional caregivers from organizations such as Catalpa Health, Beyond Boundaries of Autism, Fox Valley Sibling Support Network, and Autism Society of the Fox Valley will lead the discussion. The panel will also include several parents of autistic children, adding to the depth and variety of expert participants. Julie Gilkay, of the Post Crescent, will serve as moderator. Questions and comments from the audience will be an integral part of the event.
Anyone wanting to learn more about autism and life in the Fox Cities is welcome to attend The Reason I Jump: Autism & Our Community on Monday, April 7, at the Neenah Public Library. This event is sponsored by The King’s Daughters Service Circle Neenah-Menasha.