“I’m not just an autistic kid anymore, I have climbed a freaking mountain” wrote Colin Eldred-Cohen on the release of children’s book, The Fire Truck Who Got Lost.  Eldred-Cohen is a 28-year old creative writer with Asperger’s Syndrome. The Fire Truck Who Got Lost is his first children’s that became a reality through a highly successful crowdfunding campaign.

The Fire Truck Who Got Lost is a wonderful story for children who will meet little Barnabus and the older fire trucks who care for him – Wheelie Dan, Agua, Hogwash, Turpentine and, of course, the Big Dalmatian. Little Barnabus gets lost in the big city and has to find his way back to the fire station. It’s a story about getting lost somewhere big and imposing and finding a solution by being smart.  The book is the first product of a new project called the Autism Creatives Collective (ACC), a group of talented artists, musicians, writers and other creative people on the spectrum.  Eldred-Cohen, an active member of the ACC, blogs regularly on www.fishandcherries.com and is a contributor to several culture and autism websites. He has a number of creative projects in the works. He is in final writing stages of a new comic book, and is working on his first novel, a fan fiction series and a radio drama.  Colin’s now gives his experience-proven advice to others. “To all the creatives out there, on the spectrum or not, keep pushing forward,” he writes. “The climb to make the most of your talent is a hard one, but it’s worth it, especially when you don’t get there alone.”  The book can be purchased on Amazon or on the Art of Autism Online Store.

Source/more: Huffington Post

We think The Fire Truck Who Got Lost would be a great gift for anyone on the autism spectrum–kids and adults alike!