SOURCE: Author Monica Holloway

Author Monica Holloway

December 03, 2012 07:00 ET

Acclaimed Autism Author Monica Holloway Offers Tips for Disability Inclusion in Observance of International Day of Persons With Disabilities -- 12/3

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 3, 2012) - An estimated 15% of the world's population, over one billion people, have some form of disability according to the World Health Organization.

Critically-acclaimed memoir author and autism advocate Monica Holloway shares inclusion tips for those with disabilities, in observance of the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on December 3, 2012.

As a mother to a son on the autism spectrum, Holloway has seen firsthand the need for inclusion and shares the following tips:

  • Be patient. A supportive and patient environment can empower a person with disabilities to achieve progress.

  • Don't assume. A person's disability may not be visible on the outside.

  • Be aware. If someone has a disability, do research online or at the library and find out more! Be understanding that we are all different.

Says author Monica Holloway, "Awareness is the gateway to understanding and acceptance, and it's important to provide safe, accepting environments for everyone."

As a way to honor people with disabilities, Holloway and her son Wills will participate in the Special Needs Network's 'Lunch with Santa' on Thursday, December 20, 2012 from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Ronald Tutor Grand Ballroom at USC, 3607 Trousdale Parkway in Los Angeles.

This free holiday celebration, open to people of all abilities, will include lunch, sensory toys, Santa, and arts and crafts. Holloway and Wills' will offer a Christmas ornament craft with Polaroid pictures.

To RSVP for 'Lunch with Santa,' visit or call (213) 389-7100.

ABOUT MONICA HOLLOWAY: Monica Holloway is the bestselling author of Cowboy & Wills, a Mother's Choice Award's Gold recipient, and the critically-acclaimed author of the memoir Driving With Dead People, described by Newsweek as "unforgettable," Glamour christened "a classic," and the Washington Post deemed "irresistible." Holloway lives with her son Wills and husband Michael Price, Co-Executive Producer of The Simpsons, in California.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2012 focuses on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide. The 2012 theme is "removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all."

ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS NETWORK: Special Needs Network is a nonprofit grassroots organization responding to the crisis of autism and other developmental disabilities in underserved communities.

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