Lifestyle

Turning 'blue' for a cause

David and Dianne Collins have decorated the front of their house blue to make people aware of Autism month.
David and Dianne Collins have decorated the front of their house blue to make people aware of Autism month. Sarah Harvey

BLUE decorations and two large signs on a house in the main street of Esk have already done their job to get people talking about autism.

After seeing people fail to understand their autistic family members, Diane and David Collins decided to do their part to raise awareness of the disorder.

After decorating their Ipswich St house in Esk with blue banners and balloons, they have already got the town talking about it.

"We go over to the Club Hotel and people ask us 'What's going on with the banners?' " Mrs Collins said.

"People really don't know much about autism, so we're just trying to get people talking about it."

Their house has been decorated as part of the Light It Up Blue initiative taking place through April.

The Collins' five-year-old nephew Luke suffers from the disorder as does Mr Collins' son Craig.

"My sister lives in Brisbane and can't go anywhere with (Luke)," Mrs Collins said. "I'd like to see more support for families who have to deal with autism."

Mrs Collins said her nephew went to a special school and it had made a difference to him since he had started attending.

"And it's good for my sister," she said.

"It gives her a bit of a break."

Luke's mother, Karen Davis, said early intervention was important for autistic children.

"Go to the doctor and get help as early as you can," she said.

"Autism is about how their brain is wired - they have to learn differently."

Ms Davis said ordinary events were often very difficult for most parents of autistic children.

"I try not to go shopping with him because anything can set him off," she said.

"A haircut is so stressful.

"Other people look and don't understand what's going on when he's screaming."

Ms Davis said she was thankful for AEIOU, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing time early intervention program for children aged from two and a half to six who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

Characteristics

  • Autism is a neural development disorder, often characterised by impaired social interaction and communications.
  • Many people with autism, or other autism spectrum disorders, have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations.
  • Autism is more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined, with one in 160 people diagnosed.

Topics:  aeiou autism


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

HEATWAVE: Towns to be scorched as temps pass 40°C

SUMMER is going to arrive at full force this week,

Chef can stand the heat

HAT'S OFF: De Ja Vu apprentice chef Brett Liesegang has been announced the East Coast Apprenticeships Food Industry Apprentice of the Year.

Coolum apprentice gets taste of victory

Local Partners

Heatwave to continue for days as temps top 40 in some areas

IF you want to experience the pure heat of the start of Queensland's scorching weather, you can't go past Birdsville.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.

What do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer?

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Jonah Hill involved in a car accident

Jonah Hill was involved in a car crash on Saturday

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

Santos responds but Tully says easements issue must be addressed

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!