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It’s FAN’flippin’TASTIC!!

I couldnt resist! That is how we are  feeling like shouting it from the roof-tops down. “Here we are and we are coming at ya!”A whole NEW generation of Autistic People the likes of~ this world has never seen! ….Well, honestly they have. They just didn’t know what they were looking at!! ie: Albert Einstein,  Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Michelangelo etc…etc…lol!

The founders of ANCA Naturally Autistic should be lauded for their tenacity and lifetime vision. The vision of a “Real World” for Autistic people to live in. A world dictated by nature and a more comfortable approach for successes. Not the “Appropriate Behavior” warriors so harsh and unknowing. It is a shift in perceptions. A change in dynamics. Where understanding becomes the approach. Not uncomfortable conformity. It is a balance that demands to be achieved. The balance that Leonora Gregory Collura and Charlie Collura have created at Naturally Autistic ANCA. Now looking to share that balancing act GLOBALLY!

Their rich blend of lives experiences and their Autistic minds create a direct and elegant approach. ‘Understanding the paradigm from the inside out’ is so quintescentially ANCA! Exactly why they trademarked the phrase in the 90′s! “The inside-out”, where it makes the most sense to start. More correct information from an inside source. Now joined with many voices from the spectrum speaking up to pool resources. Sharing the more useful information about Autism and the elaborate nature of it all. The world’s senses will now experience the full flavor. Not just the vanilla that everyone has been spoon fed by non-Autistic minds. The stereotypical picture we have all seen of the sad Autistic child sitting all alone as the other kids bicker and fight, while laughing and playing in the background. Let’s tell the real story! That like life, Autism comes in many more flavors than Vanilla !  Autistic people are NOT stereotypes they are flesh and blood people. Our population is made up of real people~ with real talent ~ that have real challenges ~ and most importantly are really determined to be understood, accepted and aknowledged !!   THAT is the real story….

  The story that will be told on Friday, Saturday and Sunday~ Sept 23rd, 24th, & 25th. In Vancouver , B.C. Canada 2011 @ The 2nd ANNUAL INT’L NATURALLY AUTISTIC PEOPLE AWARDS & CONVENTION 

Read the program here in an 8 PAGE~FLIP-FORMAT~….

UTTERLY FANTASTIC…like I said !! & such sensory fun  to FLIP ~the Pages!! 


The quality and passion driving these artists is undeniable!! Such beauty and strength the future holds for them. A Flip of the Self-Esteem switch has happened and there is no turning it off!!. Just AWESOME!  The value and worth within the community will stimulate the planet…a planet that needs cognition stimulation and economic growth. New minds with differing perspectives are needed as demonstrated  by this years ~Keynote speaker & Workshop leader Academic Lars Perner. We had a fascinating conversation about  just that on our radio show last week. Listen in here…

Amazing vision and growth we believe will occur by harnessing the unique and brilliant talents of so many Autistic minds in conjunction with the rest of the world!! BRAVO to everyone involved with the 2011 2nd Annual Int’l Naturally Autistic People Awards and Convention!

So, JOIN US please in celebration of the POWER of diversity!

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UNITING Abilities!

Recently & appeared at California’s GREAT AMERICA Themepark. Disabilities Awareness Day! The weather was brilliant and the patrons were in a great mood to hear about DIVERSITY!  Wow~My kind of day! Getting out into the community to explain Autism to folks is something I was born to do…that much is now clear to me. Everyone that is attracted to my booth has an earful coming!! I love that San Fransisco’s main themepark is so cool to hold this event at this time of year. Awareness is something that must be carefully cultivated everyday, not just in April. So often when you are talking to people about Autism they assume you are seeking a donation. People were surprised that with and ANCA  that is just NOT the case.

We , along with many others aim to merge into mainstream America, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, New Zealand …and to any other region we can! COMMON UNDERSTANDING needs to be the rule…and the acception! Understanding Autism on useful levels will create the acceptance we desire. The more one examines a  “so-called disability”…the more one understands there own abilities or dis~abilities! WE ALL HAVE THEM!! It is funny how the word NORMAL just no-longer applies to life! To me it has become nothing more than a mundane description. I still love the quote from the Aspie”American Idol finalist.” “Different IS the new normal” Right on  target~ James Durbin. Being an Aspie from Santa Cruz California…he hits the BULLSEYE with that one!

I met another young man  from that neck of the woods Jake Dunbar. He was  manning the booth for the company he works for . It  was really impressive to see someone like him “getting it!” That we all need to be in service to others. A very thoughtful young person making a career supporting adults that need inclusion. This weekend he will  be working, helping his clients enjoy a day of watersports “Aquathon!” If more people realized that we all need to pool our resources this world would be a better place! The abled and not as abled hand in hand working together.What a powerful work force that will be! We will learn lots more about Abilites United later….

I see a future with companies harnessing  these differing abilities  of people, by pairing diverse workers together for one job! The Autistic mind joined with the Neuro-typical mind…talk about a kaleidoscope of ideas!! Just like the old adage claims…”TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE” I believe it with all that I am. If the United States wants to create jobs…here you go Washington D.C. we have a multi-minded work force just waiting to get to know each other.  Help us educate the world, unite us and put us to work!!

So, as I thought about the name of Jake’s employer…it occured to me. ” Uniting Abilities”~Exactly what we will be doing annually at our upcoming 2nd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL NATURALLY AUTISTIC PEOPLE AWARDS & CONVENTION! Uniting the talents, strengths and abilities of an amazing population of people. People that have been marginalized and treated as if they were on the side-lines of life. The world has wrongly assumed that they are not in the game. Our upcoming AWARDS & CONVENTION will show the world quite the contrary!! We are here we have ABILITIES … and we are proudly grouping together to celebrate this fact!! Learn about Autism and UNITE with us!!

The weekend of September 23rd, 24th and 25th there will be a huge cast of characters in Vancouver Canada dispelling  MYTHS!! Talents all over the map…FROM all over the map. It will be so amazing when the whole world is clued in!

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