Dad Paints His Fingernails Blue to Spread Autism Awareness: Will You Too? (PHOTO)

brian bates paint 'em blue for autismDad-of-two Brian Batey has no qualms about sporting blue nail polish. He, and his 18-year-old son, Nathan, have both been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome and Asperger syndrome, and he's helping spread awareness about the spectrum disorder with a shiny new manicure.


The 48-year-old engineer from Louisiana first began his Facebook page, "Paint 'Em Blue for Nathan" as a way to bring support to his son from close family and friends.

This year, he expanded the efforts to autism, creating "Paint 'Em Blue for Autism," and the result has gone viral.

He started with just over 250 likes in early 2015, and in the last 72 hours, has reached over 3,250. And counting. His goal is to post 1,000 photos of manicured hands and pedicured toes in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

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He's received over 300 photos from across America, Canada, and Mexico, but it's not stopping there. Users from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and Wales have all sent in photos. And those are just the ones he remembers. His efforts have expanded far past the original plan, but he welcomes each and every snapshot.

"I just want to spread awareness," Batey tells The Stir. "If someone comes across a child in a grocery store and notices that the parents are doing their best to calm him down, they'll be more understanding. Because, truthfully, no one is having harder time than the autistic person."

And since both he and his younger son are on the spectrum, the cause is personal, rewarding, and just a plain ol' fun family event.

"I see the humor in it all," Batey says. "Part of what has to be shared is the my family and I enjoy life. It's not all bad. We just have a lot of fun."

To learn more about the cause and to share your blue look with Batey and other participants, check out Paint 'Em Blue for Autism on Facebook.

Will you be sharing your photo?



Image via Breanne Pittman & Brian Batey

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