SPECTRUM: 1. a band of colors, as seen in a rainbow, 2. a range of ideas or thoughts.




Today’s blog will be devoted to color – but from a different angle.


The dazzling neon colors in the photo above show the depth, the sensitivity, and the creativity of a boy with Asperger Syndrome. On the autistic spectrum this is just one diagnosis, just one of the colors in the spectrum.


The Autism Society of America (ASA) has chosen the rainbow to represent the range of symptoms seen in autistics kids. Colors! Additionally, brightly colored puzzle pieces symbolize the struggle to understand and help these kids. SPECTRUM.


Westdale Mall will be the place to meet and gather to support this cause on Saturday morning (April12) at 8:30. The goal, of course, is to raise awareness as well as funds. The money collected will stay in our community to help local children diagnosed with autism.


Not a day goes by, I realize, that someone doesn’t ask for a donation for a worthy cause, but because April is National Autism Awareness Month I emailed my co-workers asking for sponsors. The result was immediate and overwhelming! WoW!


It was then that I was overwhelmed. What color would you call humble? What hue is gratitude? Can you name a shade for generosity? Probably not.


I like the idea of SPECTRUM – a band of colors and/or a range of ideas. So, I will simply say thank you for and from Lachlan. He is the glowing little guy in the photo – and he is my beloved grandson.


Walk with me on Saturday – and (along with your snow boots) wear something colorful!





Dianne Ross / Interior Designer

Phelan’s Interiors