All colours of the spectrum accepted
MUM Kylie Beveridge has created Paint Me A Rainbow to bring some colour to the world of autism.
Having a son with autism, Mrs Beveridge understands the need to create an inclusive environment for children and families living with that diagnosis.
The campaign, launched last month at Whitford Catholic Primary School in Craigie where Mrs Beveridge’s son goes to school, aims to raise awareness and acceptance for children living with autism and to allow “their true colours to shine”.
As part of the launch, students were invited to wear bright colours for a gold coin donation, take part in colouring competitions and other autism awareness activities.
Funds raised were shared between the Paint Me A Rainbow campaign and the school to create safe sensory spaces for students who have autism and to further teacher and staff education.
Mrs Beveridge now plans to host the Paint Me A Rainbow campaign in schools across WA every April to coincide with World Autism Month.
“This is a fun and successful campaign to raise funds for participating schools to help their children with an autism diagnosis,” she said.
“Schools will be provided everything they need to host a campaign including autism awareness merchandise to sell, colouring competitions, marketing material and further information on fundraising.”
Paint Me A Rainbow also hosts a monthly support circle in Padbury for parents and carers of children with autism.
Attendance is via donation. The first meeting is on July 11, 7-8pm.
Yoga classes for children begin from July 18 with a free trial.
Open to all children aged five to 12 and their parents or carers, they will be held weekly at 4pm in Heathridge. Register at paintmearainbow.com.