THE Tele is joining forces with a campaigning Greenock mum to turn Inverclyde blue in aid of autism awareness.

Determined Laura Graham aims to highlight the barriers that affected families face every single day.

She established the Kerr's Journey charity to help end ignorance, and to mark autism day tomorrow we will turn the Tele's masthead blue, joining people and organisations all across Inverclyde to show support for the cause.

Mum-of-three Laura highlights the autism with her open and honest blogs and says she wants to people to recognise the love, joy and gifts that come with autism.

Kerr's Journey has signed up local star TV celebs Martin Compston and Jean Johansson, who have recorded video messages bakcing the group.

Mum-of-three Laura, whose son Kerr is now six, said: "I want to show what autistic children have to offer.

"Sadly all people see is the autism, they don't always see our children.

"We have made so much progress but there is still a long way to go and there are so many parents out there who need help.

"Every time I put up a post on my blog, I always get a new mum joining.

"So many of them are struggling."

Over the last three years Laura, 36, has been working with libraries, schools, shops and the wider community to make Inverclyde more autism-friendly.

She said: "We now have an army of amazing mums and we all support one another.

"We help each other in so many ways and we are looking forward to the day when we can meet up again."