All colours of the spec­trum ac­cepted

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

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.

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