Gold Coast writers making a difference

Two Gold Coast authors helped mark World Autism Day over the weekend.

Alison Carney and Letisha McCaughey travelled to Southbank in Brisbane on Saturday to watch Victoria Bridge turn blue to mark the occasion.

The lighting of the Bridge was meant to be a symbolic way of showing families that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.


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Similar events have been held at Sydney’s Opera House, Paris, New York, China, India and Egypt.

Both Alison and Letisha have put pen to paper in a bid to help parents with children on the Autism Spectrum.

They have contributed to new publication Parenting a Child on the Spectrum.

Each author offers a snapshot of the reality of raising a child on the Autism Spectrum then offers a range of ideas and options for families, including extended family and friends, to be able to offer practical and much needed support.

That support might be in the form of acceptance, understanding, love and patience as well as through researching, therapy support, dietary support and behavioural intervention.

During their journey they each found their key to success in a broad range of tools and resources but agreed that the most important key was never to give up on your child living a happy, healthy and successful life.

Michelle has worked as a broadcast journalist since 1999 and 102.9 Hot Tomato is her 4th radio station. Major stories she’s covered over the years include the Childers Backpacker Hotel fire and the fatal shooting of Police Officer Damien Leeding on the Gold Coast. Michelle has been writing for myGC.com.au since its inception. “I really enjoy lifestyle type stories that show the world just how interesting we all are.” Outside of work, Michelle volunteers her time with many local causes including Volunteering Gold Coast, the Schoolies Support Team and Rosies Street Outreach.

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Deb Fay
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So happy to see these authors Letisha and Alison recognised for their bravery and willingness to help others. They have been a pleasure to work with and I am proud to have them as part of this vital project.