The Fire Truck Who Got Lost: New children’s book by first-time author on the Autistic Spectrum

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“I’m not just an autistic kid anymore, I have climbed a freaking mountain" writes Colin Eldred-Cohen on the release of his new 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: New children’s book by first-time author on the Autistic Spectrum

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. What started as a simple story about the importance of family and perseverance has come to life through Amber De Joya's beautiful artwork. Your children will love the story and grow to love Barnabus.

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. 

Colin Eldred-Cohen, an active member of the ACC, is a talented writer whose words dance off the page. Eldred-Cohen graduated from the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), where he discovered his talents for performing, singing, and Irish dance. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in film. He lives in San Jose, where he is writing regularly on He is a regular contributor to Fanbase, the Art of Autism Blog and Cultjer. 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 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 Fire Truck Who Got Lost can be purchased on Amazon or on the Art of Autism Online Store. Colin is available for interviews and readings and be reached at firetrucklost[at]