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2016

will be remembered as a very challenging and unpredictable year for ALL of US! It is so indicative of the fully-connected world we now live in. Information literally barraging us from every country creating more sifting and sorting than ever to be done. In a world bombarded by information (some of it very bad, some of it inaccurate and some of it actually FALSE!) Just know that your best information will actually come from …YOU! You and those you love and trust. AutismHWY urges you to be the best source of your You-niverse in 2017. Resolve to always follow your gut, trust your instincts and find your purpose. Align with people that follow those purposeful aspirations and breathe them to life!  Look inward then outward, care about yourself, care about others and transform your universe! If 2016 teaches us nothing else… it teaches us we live in a universe redefining itself. Let’s work together to define an amazing galaxy of embracement for Autistic people.

 

photo by Silke Heyer

photo by Silke Heyer

Our sixth year on the AutismHWY… talking and chalking Autism with friends saw many changes.

 

~In January friends were exploited by a website claiming to “champion” Autistic people. The Mighty is not so Mighty afterall. …#Cripthemighty

 

~We created our 5th coloring book filled with awesome Autistic Friends!

 

~Questioning authenticity became a matter of concern in the spring of this year. Exploitation sadly comes in many forms.

 

~Our 6th annual AutismHWY Chalk Festival event was RAINED OUT and re scheduled for the following weekend. Turning out superbly!

 

 

~Later that month we RE~CONNECTED with the amazing folks at ANCA Naturally Autistic!

WoW their Autism Documentary is excellent!

 

 

~On father’s day weekend we chalked at the worlds largest Chalk festival for our 4th year in a row! We CONNECTED Pasadena with Autistic people again!

 

~Our summertime chalking habit continued in Carpinteria for our 6th year! Always making us happy!

 

~In Ventura we were COOL CATS this year. Our 3rd charming time chalking the harbor!

 

~Our greatest pleasure in 2016 was by far our 2nd trip to the ANCA Naturally Autistic People Awards, Trade Show and World Autism Festival in beautiful Vancouver Canada. The talent, connection and friendship run deep launching dreams and careers. An amazing destination for Autistic people and those that love them! Love to OUR ANCA FAMILY 2016 and beyond!

 

~Autism Speaks seated 2 Autistic board members and removed the word CURE from their mission statement. Something remarkable in 2016. Hurray.

 

~We reached out to Melania Trump in support of her effort to urge change in communication. A kinder, clearer way to communicate in this world is needed! We agree Melania T.!

 

 

What does the HWY hold for us in 2017? No telling…

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We just know that when we ALL stand strong in our self love, self knowledge and self worth our collective futures will be bigger and better than we can ever imagine.

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AutismHWY’s 6th Drive Around the Sun

Our ANNIVERSARY…

quietly occurred this past week! ~December 16th 2010 was the exact date we went LIVE on this world wide web. OUR Drive on the AutismHWY ready to roll globally…full of natural positivity and pragmatism!

 

CELEBRATING RECOGNITION

 

We came on line to celebrate Autistic recognition… recognition that we believe has TRULY grown these past 6 trips around the sun!  Paving ways for matter of fact Autism recognition …with zero trepidations. More and more of us seeking to amplify and follow the Autistic voice and points of view which encourage natural transformation. Transformations that take you from feeling puzzled or fearful to lovingly abundant with pragmatic Autism innerstandings.

Global Recognition for ALL of US!

Global Recognition for ALL of US!

The Autistic point of view naturally understands and respects Autistic ways of being. Garner this vast knowledge which makes perfect sense Autisticly. Your heart and mind will evolve…much like this drawing created when we first began this journey at the beginning of the decade. A journey we leaned into and followed. Leading us to the innerstanding that the actual understanding of Autism would not be connected to us through “experts or specialists” but, instead more naturally…through the actual stories from Autistic people themselves.

 

FULL IMPACT RECOGNITION!

 

It happened here for us very quickly. After getting ourselves out onto the AutismHWY we met and began partnering with some of the most innovative and talented Autistic friends imaginable and quite frankly UN~imaginable!! ALL seeking Autistic recognition as well. Imagine the great JOY in that ?!

We went into instant action and chose chalk as one of our strongest allies! Talk is considered cheap and chalk is even cheaper! An experiment co-mingling : chalk, free expression and the JOY of Autistic life! Creating the AutismHWY.com Chalk Festival was our greatest free expression pleasure ever. Enjoying our once a year party full of ‘full on ACCEPTANCE’ rocks our Autistic universe! We are so proud to see that it rocks other people’s galaxies as well, as we look out and now see other chalk and Autism ventures popping up in our rear, front and side-view mirrors! A day in the sun full of street art, love and pragmatic Autism information all steeped in natural connection and acceptance. We call that a PARTY and invite the world to JOIN IN!

 

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EMPOWERMENT EMPLOYED

 

During the years we have hosted the AutismHWY Chalk Festival and our website we see the tremendous forward growth. We STILL have to convince ‘some people’ that the word Autistic is not filled with negative connotations and that the word is most definitely NOT A SLUR and never was. More and more Autistic voices are proud to find that they are being heard. That their voices matter and are naturally emerging for long needed resolutions. This empowerment will in turn create the employment they seek. Companies thinking astutely will create the much needed platforms for Autistic people to come forward with their genuinely helpful and insightful facts. The days of dehumanizing generalizations monopolizing societies idea of what Autism is are numbered. Passing this REAL-LIFE/ REAL-TIME information baton will be hard for some non-Autistic people and self-proclaimed experts to do. The monopoly that has been enjoyed by them; speaking over and about Autistic people without them, is finally being stripped away inch by inch and we could not be happier to see that!

 

BURSTING PAINFUL BUBBLES

 

Sarah Van Deisel's beautiful creativity.

Sarah Van Deisel’s beautiful creativity.

Pain is a natural valid human expression both physically and emotionally, who knows that better than the Autistic community with such a twisted painful human history? Creating pain bubbles  however,  is not a healthy natural human expression. Many encapsulating Autism pain bubbles are created by parents and professionals for myriads of reasons. Fear and lack of tactical Autism knowledge head that very long list. To exploit, control and oppress people are other selfish reasons. Autistic people have pragmatic ways of bursting parental and professional ’pain bubbles’ to provide tactical aid but, due to the gaps in communicative stylings that often becomes painful too!  For the Autistic person trying to inform and for the parents or professionals of Autistic people not embracing their input. Painful and honestly…necessary,  much like the process of birth and ultimately of daily life. The pain and the pleasure of it ALL is at the heart of learning, growth and of being what we ALL are= expansively human. Exactly the expression we wanted to share with the friends made on this extravagant and fascinating highway! Where is the creativity if we stay in blue bubbles of pain speaking of consistent fear and states of puzzlement?  A cocoon of people stagnating in place is not the metamorphosis that, life IS! If you reside in a cocoon of pain with others in that same unempowered state, you are not experiencing the pleasures of this beautiful life and all of it’s natural painful unravelings. Seeking shelter in manufactured pain bubbles instead of insightful expansive empowerment is avoidable on the AutismHWY.  This painful bubble containment is what our website and Chalk festival event was created to BURST.  An ancient oppressive pattern that doesn’t serve Autistic people, our modern drive… our AutismHWY.

 

 

OUR DRIVE FORWARD

 

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Includes Autistic people behind the wheel of accurate Autism information and in many other growing capacities.  As organization owners,  business partners, industry innovators, mentors, consultants, creative icons and friends. As rulers of their own ultimate Autistic destiny. Visionaries of a whole new age in learning styles for an emerging cultural and communication revolution. An era in which the world will finally get things right for an Autistic living in the universe. Freedom to be who and how you are. The gift of self and self worth that we were all naturally born to receive. Not defined, boxed and wrapped by other voices in the world. Not people lost or stuck in a world of their own but rather people tuned into THE REAL WORLD and their actual human experience. People with the birthright to be Autistic and to learn from other Autistic people.

 

 

THE TIME IS NOW!

 

 

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That’s the Way We Roll

Craig Quat. WoW. Remember the name.

 

Craig, Paul and Archie at the 2016 AWAF event.

Paul-Constatin Cojocaru, Craig Quat and Archie David with a juggle board at the 2016 AWAF event.

He is by far one of the most amazing people to ever cross our path here on the AutismHWY!  Craig Quat and his uber creative company Quat Props is a game changer for people that like to challenge themselves, build skills and have fun while they are doing it. Craig’s talent and love of CIRCUS has become his life’s calling. It has catapulted him into the fantastic and creative purpose to make juggling accessable for ALL people. The importance of this work is easy to see as the mind/ body and central nervous system connections are truly the heart and soul of being human. Craig has found an amazing way to work the inroads of connection through his love of juggling and CIRCUS!

 

Craig and  partners actively teach people to organize their brains by juggling! At first this may seem a bit mind boggling yet, Craig clearly knows and demonstrates rapidly the immense value juggling has. Through the creation of his “Juggle board” and other engagingly fun exercises he utilizes the importance of focus, connection and rythym that will spill over into everyday tasking. Watching him work with varied individuals live at the 2016 ANCA World Autism Festival was truly fascinating and very moving. You could literally see him gage the inner thinking of each person he was “juggling” with. Through this rythmic creative patterning Craig stimulates quick rolling -turn taking actions which must occur sequentually, causing many brain connections to be made. Naturally brilliant! Just take a look at this video and Craig’s entire Vimeo channel, you will be astounded…

 

We see Craig’s skill set and point of view as a game changer for all people not just the Autistic population. Rapid fire rolling which uses the left and right brain in conjunction, is oh so helpful for so many of us at any given time in our lives. We can ALL use some fine tuning while multi-tasking and literally JUGGLING LIFE!

 

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Craig’s ambidextrous ways will amaze and delight you, please explore his Quat Props website and all of the work he does. Meeting him this fall at the 2016 ANCA World Autism Festival was a HUGE highlight of 2016 and our great DECADE! We have always believed this was the game-changing decade for Autistic people and Craig Quat “plays” right into the emerging Autistic Renaissance perfectly. His innovative use of the CIRCUS EQUIPMENT he loves and/or develops brings great joy and quick success. I was permanently moved by his presentation. This type of activity brings it all home for people that have a mind/body disconnect. Challenging your system to travel in ways it is not used to is a daunting task for many. Until now I have not seen it done so fluidly with such intensity and such loving zeal. Craig Quat will change the world with his ability to teach “juggling life skills” and the ripple effects that will bring to all of us.

Put him on your list of VERY important innovators to follow!

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No where to go but UP Craig…WE AGREE!

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Recognizing Autism Naturally: Hold the Shame and Fear

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Something wonderful happens when you have a super- natural, Autistic child and you then make friends with other super-natural, Autistic people. You feel super-naturally empowered. You don’t feel like you are operating in the dark all alone. You have friends full of enLIGHTenment that understand and recognize Autism and your child in ways that you cannot experience; internally (unless of course you yourself are Autistic and parenting from an Autistic perspective.) Internal understanding of Autism is essential for the enlightenment of all people and something I have long called “innerstanding.” It’s a concept that non-Autistic parents need when raising Autistic people of any age at ANY STAGE. 

 

It is critical to understand that the varied sensitivities and processing systems Autistic people experience daily are ‘differentials that slide on scales’ within each individual person’s framework and development over a lifetime of experience. This valuable information has opened my mind to the bigger Autism picture. A pragmatic reality void of fear and full of realistic knowledge.  A more worldly and intelligent view of Autism and all of the variables experienced within Autistic people. The sooner parents and ALL PEOPLE empower themselves by learning and thinking about this BIGGER Autism PICTURE… the better.
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Autistic people have always been innovators in this world and will continue that work “in the closet or out of it.”

 

Right up until and into the amazing days ahead… when there are NO CLOSETS hiding Autistic people!

 

Be proud to understand this truth. This knowledge builds power and will have you and your family operating from a position of power that will lead you, your Autistic loved one and your entire inner circle towards success in the LIGHT. When you are being hidden OR hiding behind Autism’s dark and erroneous stigmas you will undoubtedly remain hidden away and invariably keep those oppressive stigmas in place. When Autistic people and their families do not take pride in their own lives by continuing to reside in shame and fear how then will we garner worldwide innerstandings and acceptance as a whole?

 

We won’t. The world will follow the Autistic communities lead. Where will we lead the world?

 

Shame, fear and insisted upon confidentiality are emotionally unhealthy places to reside.

 

 

The longer you are hidden or choose to hide, the longer the stigma controls your life, your spirit, your free-will and ultimately your soul.

 

Confidentiality and exposure are two separate entities that mutually exclude each other regardless if you are the child of the President-elect or the corner grocer… We cannot have it both ways and that plays out today more than ever. In an age of ‘electronic cuneiform’ we are no longer writing our thoughts on a rock that no one will see for centuries. We are literally telegraphing our thoughts, ideas and experiences globally in real time. It is mind boggling as stated in our last blog post here. We live in a time quickly moving to re-define itself. We urge Autistic people to step up, be heard and contribute! Remove the shameful confidentiality enforcement and painful stigmas that have kept the world in the DARK concerning valuable Autistic people and their priceless Autism truths.
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It’s time we hold the shame , fear and stigma by operating from positions of power by stopping the world (and some Autism stakeholders) from continually pathologizing the super natural Autistic way of being!

 

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