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GIVING IT...OUR ALL.

GIVING IT…OUR ALL.

Soon it will be our favorite time of year! Time to share our lives with the community through our artistic translations at the AutismHWY Chalk festival. Heiroglyphicly baring our souls. Etching our heARTs and brilliant minds into the pavement. Over the years we have seen some powerful messages and some amazing imagery! We are wholeheartedly sure that on Saturday April 14th love and empowerment will once again…JUST SHOW UP!

2018 Chalk Art - Covina Today - Spring

Every year our artists raise the bar by expanding their skills, dreams and ideas of inclusion. People chalking inside and outside of the boxes TOGETHER.

 

Life and love being defined for Autistic people BY Autistic people that share those cutting edges on which they live! Amplifying imagery and energy that SPEAK authentic volume is what our day under the Covina, California sun… is all about. Sharing concepts that define Autistic culture for the world to absorb. Filling in those cultural gaps like the colorful chalk that embeds our ART into the planet.

 

Have fun devising and choosing your important design or: be random and make it up as you go! ALL ART IS IMPORTANT and WORTHY! We have added a dream theme category  this year because DREAMS DO COME TRUE. Our Annual event is our PROOF.

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Autistic Culture Technicolor brings every possible color to the human spectrum. No longer just a world viewed as black and white or the initial red and green colorations…but, the recognition of ALL hues and shades. The full on, inclusive blend of diversity. Every color, sensation and perception. In many ways this is what we are experiencing  across the globe in 2018 -an EPIC  integrative expansion!

 

We are sharing some very cool ideas for AUTISTIC CULTURE IMAGERY and things we would love to look down and SEE on April 14th! Check out the fun original Art and photographs BELOW that highlight Autistic sense and sensibility. Iconic Autistic people: the inclusion expanders. Be inspired and “chalk them up!”
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COOL SURFER DUDE~
CLAY MARZO
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AUTISTIC MOVEMENT IS PERFORMANCE ART photo by HEATHER CLARK
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MARIA DEANE our favorite artistic FAIRY QUEEN
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SARAH VAN DIESEL‘S BABY SAM!
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APRIL DAWN GRIFFIN ~STRING THEORY Self Portrait
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CHLOE SYBERT’S ~BEAUTIFUL DREAMS
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A HAPPY FLAPPY INCLUSIVE NARWAHL by the Ed Wiley NEURODIVERSITY LIBRARY
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DEIDRE KENNEY’S IDEA of FLUID BLISS
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ERIN HUMAN‘S PRAGMATIC ART
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ORI BENGAL‘S ~TOM PETTY PORTRAIT
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NEKEA BLAGOEV’S GET SMASHED ART
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MICHAEL TOLLESON ROBLES
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SILKE HEYER’S JOYFUL BAG of  INCLUSION TRICKS
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B.J. LANE and TEMPLE GRANDIN in 2015
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FRANCOIS LAVELIERE and TEMPLE in 2017…

 

SO MANY ICONIC OPTIONS…

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Tracy Lee Stum Creates with the Neurotribe!

Going into our 8th year event I must say that “Southern California’s hottest Autism acceptance” event has truly evolved! From a handful of friends and vendors chalking in various parking lots to the powerful diversity celebration in Downtown Covina that energizes our community locally & globally for Autism Acceptance every April! Creating a space for free reign Autistic creation and expression was a no brainer for AutismHWY and our core group of artisans, politicians and performers that have assembled and carried us to this amazing place! A dream come true. Thank you ALL!

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The LOVE for this event has truly expanded from our first event on Rt 66 in Azusa to the beautiful Heritage Plaza Park and our now infinite partnership with the City of Covina that began in 2014.

 

 

Meeting the amazing tribe of professional street artists has been the icing on our neurodiverse cake. Many of these incredibly talented artists donate their valuable time to our event because they believe in humanity and practice loving inclusion on all levels. Artists and Autistics are pretty cool that way. Over the years we have been blessed by the talents of many including: Randall Williams, Lysa Ashley, Lesley Perdomo, Lori Antoinette W., William Zin, Rod Tryon, We Talk Chalk team members, Stacy Nalapraya, Gus Moran, Marcella Swett, Grasiela Rodriguez, Zoe Cobain, Michaela Chapman, Adriana Salgado, Aaron Hernandez, Jay Drew and more. Having this caliber of artists intermixing with all ages and stages of aspiring street painters is a joy to our world. Giving us pointers while raising the chalk bar for us all to aspire. Collaborative connections inspiring us to weave our dreams into magic. We were all born to create and everyone attending our event embraces that!

 

This year we are excited to announce that we will have one of the world’s most generous chalk talents on board with us for the day. 3D street painter extraordinaire TRACY LEE STUM! Tracy’s talent has circled the globe and it is indeed awe inspiring. Watching her work is a one of a kind experience the likes Covina has NEVER SEEN! You won’t want to miss her mad skills so definitely chalk us into your plans April 14th!!
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Tracy just returned from the mind blowing Dubai Canvas 2018 where she created the amazing piece seen below that makes us wonder about the future on this ever expanding planet of ours and it’s natural or unnatural conclusions…!?!

 

Art is always at the pulse of humanity and that is why we feel so strongly about marching to it’s colorful beat. WELCOME to our Neurodiverse tribe Tracy! We can’t wait to C U 3D!

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Growing A Conscience: Remembering To Be Human 2018

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As we land into the year 2018 it seems that this is finally happening. People understanding the multi-faceted everyday marginalization of others and the harm that causes. We here at AutismHWY have been chalking up plans for this societal epiphany…all decade! Calling on people to please remember their humanity. Calling on people to listen to, respect and amplify the Autistic voice. Calling on people to reclaim their humanity. The human empathy that our fast paced, competition driven society has beaten down and all but erased. Building a future that reveres the diversity of Autism and the Autistic wisdom that resides within the community of Autistic adults on line and in real life. Wisdom that does NOT eminate from non Autistic people. Wisdom waiting to be tapped into.

 

For far too long certain sub-groups of people have been ”splainin” as authority for other sub-groups of people.  Men explaining women quickly comes to mind. One group explaining the experience of another group to the world. Everyone that is not Autistic: explaining Autistic people endlessly. If you look you will see there is actually a cottage industry of explanation that is so often not affective!  When one group has sole control over defining the needs and supports for groups they are not a part of and do not truly understand… the outcome will always be erroneous. This type of speaking over and about people, ”for people” has never made pragmatic sense and is completely unauthentic. Why can’t each group speak and seek to represent themselves in life? Why haven’t we honored some people’s authentic experience at the table of  practical and precise ideas? Why have we muffled their voices? Too often we allow professionals or someone “of authority” in power to be the final answer…when in reality their answers may not even be close to a beginning, let alone a finality on the matters in focus.

 

Organizations have made enormous amounts of money by claiming that they alone are the “information gatekeepers” for all things Autism.

 

All of this should sound quite familiar after the alarming non-stop spinning of information in 2017. We believe that the current political turmoil where one faction of people demand to speak for all people has awoken many to the harsh daily assaults Autistic people have experienced at the hands of “others” for the last century.  So now that you all have a “feel for it”…help us stop it from happening.

If you see people trampling all over truths that actually Autistic people share do something. When you see someone marginalizing Autistic people…say something to relieve it. Identify it and stop it. Believe in the splendid variations humanity offers. Respect those variations, include them in culture and learn more deeply from them.
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Many voices, many minds, many hands collaborating. That’s what we will see in 2018 as we move closer to “20/20 vision” and back to a MORE HUMAN, humanity.

 

 

 

 

In 2018 we expect the world to begin playing catch-up with the knowledge Autistic people can provide to all neurologies. We will continue to advocate that ALL parents, professionals and people RESPECT Autistic identity and what that means in the era of renewed communication. The pragmatic supports Autistic people need that other Autistics can impart to those providing care will fuel success and comfort. The future we seek will hold full time consulting and employment opportunities for Autistic people to support their own community members.

 

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Maybe They Just Love Stigmatizing Autistic People: Autism Speaks Does It Again.

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Have you heard it? The “Maybe” commercial that Autism Speaks and the Ad Council are promoting over radio airwaves in these final days of 2017?

We have and it is as obnoxious and misleading as any of their other “Autism Awareness” actions taken over the course of the organization’s existence.

 

 

The script for this radio ad goes something like this…

 

Maybe he isn’t a happy baby.

Maybe he is just being a boy.

Maybe he is teething.

Maybe he is just going through a phase.

Maybe he has… Autism.

No big smiles by 6 mos. of age IS a sign of Autism. Go to Autism Speaks for more info blabla blabla

 

 

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After a decade of #ActuallyAutistic people boycotting and speaking out against Autism Speaks using this type of stigmatizing assumption about Autism, against Autistic people, it seems they just cannot follow their own it’s time to listen “tag-line” of advice. Even after being systematically boycotted and shamed into placing the long asked for Autistic representation into it’s governing board of directors and removing cure from their mission statement, they just cannot help themselves. It’s nearly 2018 and they still insist on using harmful stigma to drive people to their website in fear of the newborn non smiley Autistic neurology. (?)
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Babies do indeed have a unique non speaking communicative style which informs discomfort most readily. Sensory needs are a very easy thing to read when you pay close attention at 3 a.m. or high noon. All babies need swaddling to feel safe and they indicate that need for physical comfort at every given moment. Don’t forget that in life we all want to feel safe and may need swaddling at any stage or age. Our human systems crave comfort and flow. When that isn’t happening smiles are not happening, it’s a very simple equation. Don’t believe this rhetoric which brands and reduces Autistic people as unhappy sufferers that do not smile. It is this kind of “Autism Awareness” deemed marketable for this “charity” that sets Autistic people back. Bad information countered as real advice to people unaware of what Autism actually is and how it may or may not present itself within each individual’s system. In 2017 we can call this type of rhetoric as #FakeNews.

 

More importantly something to absolutely frown upon. As 2018 fast approaches it looks as if we will still be telling Autism $peaks that they must DO BETTER for Autistic people… by listening to Autistic people. Send people to your website without telling them that Autistic babies do not smile. Uncomfortable babies do not smile. Be more discerning with the language and attitudes your “Awareness Ads” contain. This year society is receiving a wake up call concerning oppressed and marginalized people that will represent their own truths because, they wish to be interpreted correctly! Not portrayed yet again by the truths of non-Autistic people that are guessing and assuming how they -think -feel and -react to this life. This beautiful life we all share… uniquely!

 

To my great pleasure over the last 18 yrs. and through our chalk festival event I have met hundreds of Autistic people and their families on line and in real life. Never once have I heard a person describe or assert that they themselves or that their child did not smile in the first 6 months of glorious life.

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Have you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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