One more year, Libros de las Malas Compañías wishes to celebrate this 2nd of April, World Day of Autism Awareness.
In recent years, it has been made a considerable progress in raising awareness and acceptance of autism. This has been due to the help of advocates for people with autism. They have worked to ensure the experiences people with autism have lived are known to the rest of the world.
This day was established by the United Nations General Assembly with the aim of contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of the autistic population, as well as promoting their inclusion as full citizens in all areas of society.
Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a disorder of neurobiological origin that affects the functioning of the brain and nervous system, which occurs in the early stages of childhood. This condition is characterised by affecting interaction with the outside world, contact with people in the environment, as well as problems with verbal communication.
At Libros de las Malas Compañías publishing house, we wanted to collaborate to make visible and raise awareness of the reality of children with this condition through our collection “La gente también cuenta”, where we publish illustrated albums with protagonists who are part of groups at risk of social exclusion or who are invisible.
In 2019, the illustrated album winner of the first call "People WITH AUTISM also count" was “La Carrera”, a book written by Charo Pita and illustrated by Lidia Sarria. In the book, three children, Nino, Nana and Nono play at running a race, but believe it or not, it doesn't matter who gets there first. What really matters is to discover that you can run in many different ways.