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It’s Amazing What a Day can Change…

Every year just keeps getting BETTER!

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This year’s event video by Manuel Valenzuela features the heART and soul of our event. Our hat’s are off to ALL of our participants. ALL of you that breathe life into this wonderful CHALK FESTIVAL each and every April here in Downtown Covina. Thankyou…

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Take a bow, you are all BEYOND amazing! SEE YOU next year! April 14th 2018…4+14=18!!

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The AutismHWY Blog: What it’s ALL About

In late 2009 the AutismHWY website was in the factory tuning up and preparing to plug into our brand-new electric HWY, the world-wide web! How exciting to find ourselves in a whole ‘new head space.’ In fact…a lot of whole new head spaces. Talk about mind expanding! WoW.open mind2

Only knowing my Autistic son and a handful of his Aut classmates throughout those 10 years before the website existed we were ready to get on the HWY to real Autism information. I wanted to meet and greet Autistic people of ALL ages. The things that teachers, professionals and other parents were telling me never rang true. True to the instinctual connection my Autistic son and I have. We knew this new journey  would be something spectacular, something unimaginable. Our GPS system was never quite equipped for the vast galaxy of Autistic people… friends, partners and icons we would be on the AutismHWY with. Stellar universal navigations indeed. A vast neuro-universe unto itself. A universe of thought and beautiful patterning. Super natural people we were excited to befriend, work with and learn from.

So, what is this blog all about besides life changing connections to fantastic people? sticker AA

Is it about me, KellyG? Yes.

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Is it about my artful attitude? Yes.

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Is it about my son? Yes.

 

 

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Is it about his attitude? Yes.

Not LESS!

Is it about what we do to move the Acceptance ball forward in this indescribable ‘game changing decade’ of Autistic culture connecting? Yes.

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Is it about the innovative people we merge with on our AutismHWY? Yes.

 

 

An amazing emerging culture!!

An amazing emerging culture!!

Is it about our hopes and dreams for the world to stop misunderstanding and over-reacting to Autism? Yes.

 

 

Different is in fact needed!

Different is in fact needed!

Is it about our ICONIC Chalk Festival Free Expression Bonanza? YES!

Lori Antoinette W. serves us up a SWEET surprise!

Lori Antoinette W. serves us up a SWEET surprise!

Is it about the wish for a world more interested in people than things? Yes.

 

 

 

ASAN's Daniel Obejas recites his powerful poem: Points in Space.

ASAN’s Daniel Obejas recites his powerful poem: Points in Space.

5th yr. participant! KING Jeremy of J.J. Jewelers

5th yr. participant! KING Jeremy of J.J. Jewelers

Dylan Arragon's performances were fantastic.

Dylan Arragon’s performances were fantastic.

Daniela interviewed wearing a T-shirt by her own design!

Daniela interviewed wearing a T-shirt by her own design!

 

Is it about the long awaited platform Autistic people need to shift the Autism industry? Yes.

 

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Kissing 2016 Goodbye!

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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.

 

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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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Speaking Acceptance or Just Saying Uncle?

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Today October, 14th 2016 Autism $peaks has announced that they have updated their organizations mission statement for the first time in their 10 years of existence. Correctly removing the word cure from it’s content and adding in the words acceptance and understanding. Examining the calculated language further you see, that there truly isn’t the change Autistic activists have been seeking.  You do not hear the language of heart and soul that speaks to Autistic people. You still hear the cold language of dehumanization and the “less than” mentality. People may say, “that they are making progress” and expect Autistic people that have been harmed by their 10 year media awareness and fundraising campaigns to agree. Well, they don’t agree and you can read about that DIRECTLY HERE.

 

People seem to credit Autism $peaks for bringing Autism to the forefront in media. I had heard of Autism and was well aware of it’s existence long before A$ came onto the scene. What Autism $peaks did was verbally bash and beat Autism up in the public domain through television, radio ads and even billboards. Giving Autism a kicked in gut and two black eyes then conveniently claiming to the world that they would take care of it all. Take care of it all with the millions of dollars they marketed, mined and removed from many of our local communities. For a decade executives have enjoyed their walk in the park “charity life” of fundraising with celebrities and shmoosing on television. Where was there any “understanding” or acceptance” for Autistic people? Where was there any real Autism understanding spread into society?

 

 

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Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

 

 

We hear the words, causes, solutions and BETTER interventions along with the word DISORDERED used twice to describe Autistic people. Heck, they couldn’t even use the phrase “Autistic people”. This from a statement that was said to be crafted over the better part of a year? Seriously, this is long thought out change?
This “change in mission” seems more in alignment with the quote from an A$ spokesman using the terminology that this change of mission is an “evolving strategic direction.” Everything A$ does is strategic. This much we know. Autism is big business to them. They seek to garner millions of dollars from the families they stoke with fear and misinformation. This has been their main strategy and with a new “mission” how will their fundraising change? Our guess is, it won’t.
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Autism $peaks refuses to admit the error of their ways by making a public apology for the harm they have caused to an entire culture of people. Their mission continues to be based soley on what uninformed parents and professionals seek. Which seems to be from all language and appearances, to free themselves from the complications of Autistic life. Continuing to call “early identification and action” intervention is itself harmful. We intervene when we see something “wrong” and then seek to modify that something. We must support Autistic people without the goal of intervening against them. Autistic people need supports to become the best version of themselves NOT interventions to become an idea of who they should be for the sake of others. Listen to the language and tell us again Autism $peaks has “CHANGED.”

 

After many years of BOYCOTTING and BLOG WRITINGS Autistic people and their allies have turned the Autism tide. Autistic people have built their own infrastructures without the 25 million dollars that The Wright’s used to create the instant A$ platform. Autistic people have year after year stood for their rights to be seen, heard, respected and honored. In big ways with little to no money, let alone a platform! I recall a very heated political discussion that went on with A$ board members Ed Asner and his son Matthew verses countless Autistic and ally activists. In that hours long conversation Ed Asner finally admitted that “Yes, perhaps it was time for 1 (Autistic person) to be on the A$ board of directors” beside him and all of the other non Autistic members. WoW, You think? I actually asked Mr. Asner if he would like to be part of a show titled “Lou Grant Speaks”…only he would not actually get that opportunity because, the only scripted lines went to Mary and Rhoda!? It was quite the marathon conversation.

 

Shortly thereafter it was announced that there would be not ONE but, TWO Autistic board members joining Autism Speaks; Valerie Paradiz and Stephen Mark Shore. Two people that were not speaking out against Autism Speaks. How’s that for strategic?! In 2011 when John Elder Robison was “strategically” appointed to an A$ science board, it was noted that he was not an actual seated board member. He also urged Autism Speaks to change their mission and the language they used in order to create funding and his advise was dismissed. He left the organization with a terse resignation letter referencing the brutal language of the late Suzanne Wright’s 2013 “Call to Action” op-ed.

 

This strategic evolutional direction of Autism Speaks is transparent to those of us that accept and understand Autism and there’s a certain continuity of irony in that. Autism Speaks HAD TO change their mission statement just like Donald Trump HAD TO deny he was a sexual predator. When a culture of people who’s humanity has been willfully damaged and stigmatized by others… begin speaking out, the ripple effects become waves. Waves of authentic consciousness that build with connection to each and every soul in that alignment. Having just returned from one of the most rich Autistic created and driven experiences ever ** The 2016 ANCA World Autism Festival ** this Autism $peaks ‘press release’  feels like more of the same old stale breadcrumbs they scatter to optimize their marketing.

 

Autism $peaks is in the business of raising money to make Autism easier for non Autistic people. Listen to their language: THE WAY THEY SPEAK. They are not speaking the language of understanding and acceptance… of heart and of what will work best for Autistic people and their intensely beautiful emerging culture. Writing the words into a mission statement that still sees Autistic people of all ages and stages as DISORDERED doesn’t help. The value in Autistic people has so much to do with their difference. Their unique abilities and gifts are natural and valid and in need of recognitions and supports, not solutions and interventions. Best practice for Autistic people will be created by other Autistic people in conjunction with people that understand this simplistic reality. A$ talks the talk and only walks the money walk. We won’t be able to trust them until they acknowledge what they have done and completely honor what we are saying …

GROUP PHOTO from the amazing 7th ANCA World Autism Festival Vancouver BC Canada

GROUP PHOTO from the amazing 7th ANCA World Autism Festival Vancouver BC Canada

Autistic people need to mentor and teach other younger Autistic people. Autistic people are equals and ready to co-create with humanity when you really are listening.

Not just SAYING that YOU DO.

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