One of the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum is finding books and movies that my son can relate to. In the last few years there has definitely been a leap in media representation of people on the autism spectrum and with ADHD, but it’s certainly not enough given the recent rise in diagnoses. In Canada, 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 165 girls are diagnosed with ASD and I am sure there are more that go undiagnosed for a variety of reasons. Do 1 in 42 children’s shows have a character with Autism in it? I don’t think so. Luckily, my son loves to read. Books with ASD characters are easier to find, thank goodness. At E’s OT there is a comic book in the waiting area, “Max Velocity”, that my son pours over. It’s about a camp for exceptional kids who’s super powers come from Autism. There is Max Velocity with ultra speed, Gnatalie who flies around the room from thing to thing like a gnat, Alec Tricity who’s electric energy is shocking, and Herculeesa with super strength, to name a few. The super hero adults in their lives help guide them to control their powers and grow their strengths. It sounds like a regular comic series so far, but what I love about it is how the sensory needs of kids on the spectrum are taken into consideration so thoughtfully. My son is very visually sensitive and doesn’t like anything scary, he wouldn’t even watch a show with a bad guy in it until he was 6. There are no villains or bad guys in Max Velocity, no one is ever mean on purpose, but it is still very exciting. There is conflict, of course, but it is closer to real life. The exceptional heroes have conflicts from their big feelings clashing and them not yet knowing how to work them out on their own. Sound familiar? Ya, just like at the local playground, but with sweet costumes. Not surprisingly the author and artist, Graeme Partridge-David is a father of, not one but two, kids with ASD and lets his life inspire his art. He also happens to be my cousin-in-law (is that a thing? Or do I say my husband’s cousin?). But related or not, these comics are beautifully rendered from the heart. Inspired by and for kids on the autism spectrum from an artist who understands the joys and struggles first-hand. Intrigued? Visit Graeme’s site at http://www.okaywerun.com and while you’re there, if you like what you see, consider giving a couple bucks a month to his Patreon so he can make more comics and help more kids with ASD feel seen and heard.