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Expressive Activism

It occurred to me that, that is what we do here at AutismHWY.com!! Expressive activism~ We express our JOY in life…with or without the diagnosis of Autism. We want the world to fall in line with that thinking! I think we, as an emerging community are so far beyond the days of wallowing and grieving. Life will pass us by if we spend all of our days freting, worrying and  unhappily waiting for “cures”. While constantly stressing and bemoaning the fact that our children have uncertain futures.

Afterall, that is what the future is always made of…UNCERTAINTY! For all of us  despite the crosses we may or may not bear genetically or otherwise. When we arise in the morning it is not assured that we be there when it is time to lay down and sleep. Life is an honor. A privilege bestowed upon us through the cosmos of destiny. What a spectacular thing it is. To be revered and regarded moment by moment. Making the best of every instance. Respecting it fully for it’s simplistc brilliance. So, with an unsure future we carry on expressing ourselves. Expressing how we take in this precious life and how we respond to it. Hoping for others to learn  from this and recognize in themselves the many similarities amongst the abject difference.

To me it has felt like a brand new Renaissance. Since I first joined the on-line Autistic populations… Art, Poetry, Photography, Music, Drama~ created by brilliant, wonderful people. Sharing their perceptions in the best ways they know how. Creativly opening windows of light/insight for the world to understand Autism, the human mind and to better understand themselves! One of those amazing people has now left our worldly ranks but, not before he encouraged a wildfire of EXPRESSIONISM for Autistic people and their loved ones.

Jeffrey Michael Kellen a caring educated hard working man from Indiana. Through his infinite wisdom  created a wonderful safe haven for Autistic people and co. to connect and express the positive energy we feel in our lives… (contrary to popular belief.)  Artists and Autism on facebook is an enclave of talented individuals. A fun and effervescent place to show your talents and to enjoy the talents of other’s. Nurturing self respect and free expression. I am proud to  have been chosen to be a moderater of the page by it’s catalystic creator. With challenges we link together daily combining hearts of expression and a desire to change the world for Autistic people. Thankyou, to you Jeff and Kara for pointing people in this awesome direction! Forever helping us to join forces and raise the bars!

In the summer of 2010 Jeff and his beautiful wife Kara sparked something very FUN and IMPORTANT for AutismHWY.com’s future. Their annual participation in their Indiana community’s Chalk-Walk. Over the course of a weekend the Kellen’s would create masterpieces on the blazing pavement! That summer as I became involved with Artists and Autism, Jeff and Kara honoredand delighted me by choosing 2 of my Autism awareness designs to chalk for the event! To devote their squares raising awareness for Autism rocked my world and many others !!

It also did something else…I will never forget the feelings evoked in me, seeing those amazing images emblazoned so masterfully by Jeff and Kara. At that moment I vowed that AutismHWY.com would organize an entire Chalk Festival to raise awareness and share the incredible talent that is out there waiting for opportunity!!

PLEASE support this type of FUN and FREE Expression!! Our 2nd Annual “Show YOU Care~ BE Aware” Chalk Festival will be Saturday April 14th….stay tuned for details!!! Inquiries can be mailed to kelly@autismhwy.com

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“ART~~TECH!”

Time for another Artists and Autism HIGHLITE! For new readers~ A & A is a brilliant webpage on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Artists-and-Autism/366165741773?ref=ts

Focusing and showcasing ART on, in and around the SPECTRUM!! People with ASD’s and their care-givers are some of the most talented people on the planet! Has anyone ever seen or heard of Stephen Wiltshire…? Clay Marzo…? Scott Siegel…? 3 BRILLIANT MEN planted firmly on ASD ground! The perspective autism brings to their world is refreshing…just take a look at these 3 links and REFRESH YOUR WORLD!!

STEPHEN WILTSHIRE! http://www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk/

CLAY MARZO! http://www.claymarzo.com/

SCOTT SIEGEL! http://www.arrestmysister.com/media.html

NOTHING disabled or ordinary about that!! WOW….so much power and talent looking to be discovered and enjoyed! The sky is the limit…TRULY!! Our AUTISM Community is doing just that!! SHOWCASING and enjoying the value of OUR ASD Individuals!! Precisely why ARTISTS and AUTISM thrives. We appreciate and discover the beauty in our ASD lifestyles minute by minute. We seriously~ don’t have the time to be negative and down-trodden. ASD can be SO unpredictable…you need to be ready to hop into action at a moments notice, with a smile!! Kind of like the FIRE DEPT.!! I like that. We are all ASD ~FIREMEN / WOMEN!!…Heros in our own world. Thriving on HOPE and KNOWLEDGE fueled by POSITIVITY!!

Which is the perfect segway to our Tech Artists we are featuring this blog! Michelle Michels & Karin Mosberg . Each of these talented ladies have been creating Hope and Positive Vibrations through their vision, artistic talent and fantastic computer skills! Beautifully colored asthetic inspiration…..NICE!! Most often, with EMPOWERING words of encouragement and acknowledgment! SUPER NICE!!

CLICK HERE for Michelles vision… http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000775923218#!/pages/Autism-Creations/122692677778388?ref=sgm

Michelle Michels is the mother to 2 beautiful young boys on the SPECTRUM!! She has a talent for uplifting everyone with her great attitude and even GREATER Autism Tags. Visual Images with awesome attitude! Her NEW fb page is awesome…you can use the amazing signage she creates!! Her concept is timed perfectly for the heavy awareness campaigns that are building in OUR COMMUNITY!! Michelle’s ART is a big part of that…check this out! She is even taking requests!! VERY Fun!!! Thank you Michelle! YOU are providing self esteem … In AMAZING ways!

Karin Mossberg has an eye for geometry in all shapes and sizes!! 1 size DOES NOT fit all in Karin’s WORLD! BRAVO Karin !! Her STUNNING Computer images are mesmerizing! She utilizes brilliant colors and shapes like no one else. Her vision of empowerment resonates with us weekly on A & A !! Karin is an amazing Aspie with a huge heart. Her submissions inspire and create happiness for many! That is the pleasure we experience when we visit this awesome page! Thanks for decorating our lives with such HOPE , TALENT and BEAUTY Karin, Michelle, Stephen, Clay and Scott!!

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A Whole NEW Perspective!

Finally! We are seeing “IT!” This whole NEW PERSPECTIVE. This amazing and beautiful perspective from a population previously not seen. Well, let the UNVEILING Continue! The unveiling that has been happening on a daily basis on our favorite fb page. ARTISTS and AUTISM!! This is my 3rd highlight blog. Each week, heck each day we are seeing such creativity!! Such a wide range of talent gracing the pages at every turn. If you need up-lifting…turn on your computer and take a gander!! Like this amazing photo of a boy with a mind like an engineer. Always building and creating! Shannon Polachek Behric’s photo of her son Dylan is stunning.

Here is another example of a beautiful photo a Mother took of some awesome ingenuity! Donna Mitchell’s 12 yr. old aspie son Keifer creates TOYS with discarded objects. What a perfect intellect! A “GREEN~INVENTOR! So~ the way of the future!! BRAVO Keifer…EXCELLENT WORK!! Such, JOY…BEAUTY…TALENT and…FUN!! It is very uplifting to see the inspiration growing. It is undeniably evident! Perhaps… an artist had stopped painting. After a work from an earlier time is posted, viewed and commented on…the ARTIST is re- inspired and re-fueled to create ANEW! I have seen this not once but, many, many times!! QUITE AMAZING! It has been phenomenal to have been involved in such an inspiring venture! Thank you, Jeffrey and Kara Kellen for this privilege ! I am honored to be a moderator in such an amazing environment! If you’ve experienced this page you know! If not …I’ll say it again> Hop on this BANDWAGON!! And CLICK HERE!

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000775923218#!/pages/Artists-and-Autism/366165741773?ref=ts

Also PLEASE suggest it to your ALL of your friends because, everyone is affected by ART & AUTISM…when you get right down to it!! So on this Blog featuring “Artists & Autism” I am FOCUSING on Photography!! Look at this stunning Sunflower and this cool cat. Seemingly ordinary objects brought to life by an astute FOCUS!! Cool Cat…Tucker snapped by his owner Annette Stanton Harkness & this beautiful Sunflower spotted and captured by Jupiter Bennett! Images that BRIGHTEN OUR DAYS!!

We have been told that people on the SPECTRUM pay attention to visual details. That is quite evident here!! These photos taken by individuals with AUTISM ~or individuals affected by it, on a daily basis. Show great insights into life. SPECTRUM Perspectives that have not been showcased. Until NOW!! More and MORE the word is spreading that there is a NEW VIEW On things “out there. ” An ASD SPIN “if you will” on the arts! A pure un-affected creative perspective.

View these photos and VIDEO realizing that these artists are extremely viable to the tapestry of our lives. That artists come in all shapes, sizes and INTELLECTS! That artists are NOT…ONLY “Neuro-Typical”!! If they were…I fear our lives would be nowhere near AS BRILLIANT!!

Please view CRAIG THOMSON’S video here

His UNDENIABLE words of honesty accompanying his amazing photography SO ROCKS!! He shows you AND tells you with his UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE the way of the future! Which NEEDS TO INCLUDE understanding our ASD Population. UNDERSTAND that they have talents ,that they are employable. and that we will ALL NEED TO work toward making that the reality!!

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Poetic…PERFECTION!!

That’s exactly what I saw this last week on Artists and Autism! The fantastic facebook group I introduced you to in my 1st “Highlite” Blog, “Birds of a Feather” recently. The Positive vibes just jump off of that page into your lap. The perfect artistic metaphorical “lap-dog”!! Something …that is ALWAYS THERE when you need a smile! No Matter the days circumstances. Just log on…and de~stress! If you haven’t found it yet…..

CLICK HERE!…http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000775923218&ref=profile#!/pages/Artists-and-Autism/366165741773?ref=ts

The wonderful people that contribute here have more than ART in common . Another “3~Letter” word: ASD! Autism Spectrum Disorder. We ARE, or LOVE someone on the SPECTRUM! Some of US are professionals with HUGE HEARTS. These professionals do more than earn a paycheck. They have taken Autism to heart. As if, they did have an ASD member in the family! That is so much a part of the magic. The magic that Jeff Kellen has created…propagated and nurtured! This MAGIC. that IS …”A & A on facebook.” Spread the good word!!

I love the fact that I have SO MUCH amazing Talent to choose from when it comes time to do a highlight blog!! Recently the POETRY has been phenomenal. I have picked 3 beautiful poems to share with you today! Our poets are named, Melody Rain, Nicole Nicholson and Sheera Cunningham! These talented ladies brought smiles and tears this week with their powerful words. Describing Autism and how it can make you feel is NOT an EASY task. It is awe inspiring to me how these gals can use just a few carefully chosen words and open SUCH flood-gates to emotion and knowledge! Thank you ladies, one and all~~ VERY WELL DONE!!

Melody Rains work…”Only Me”

once again my life has fallen apart
and has left a crack and a hole inside my heart
i feel so broken within
…..just like i did way back then
why do i have to feel …
so alone
so cold
so unreal?
no one understands
i doubt anyone ever will….
too bad my autism can not be solved by one little magic pill!
i do what others expect of me
i go places and do things
and try hard even if people do not always see!
but not good enough for some
and i wonder why do i even bother to come?
i try to make friends i really do
i try to be nice and sincere and true
all that i think a friend should be
but other times i want to be alone and feel FREE!
there are things about me you may never comprehend
but that does not mean you can not be my friend.
i do not have to be like you
or walk and talk just the way you do
i do not have to think in the way you think
and when i do not why does your heart have to sink?
how come i am the one who caused your frown
why do have to be the one who lets you down???
no one is the exact same
to want it that way…well…life would pretty lame
its ok for me to be different and not be like you
its ok for you to accept that and not wish for me to
be proud of me not what you wish or want me to be.
now please help me mend my heart
and help my world to stop falling apart!
be a true friend
one who is true until the very end.

Written and Copyrighted by Melody Rain (autistic poet,writer & advocate)
i also have the autism exposure page located on facebook.http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000775923218&ref=profile#!/pages/Autism-Exposure/137038026307262?ref=ts

Nicole Nicholson’s work…..

Poem: You Don’t See It

You don’t see it, but some days
I drag moonlit danger behind me like a veil of milky dust
casting itself off of my crown. I balance
armies of fire on the backs of my arms and
use them for wings. I hear
the stars rubbing their legs together for the want of music
and hanging gold fiddled notes on Venus’ earlobes. They
chime, making love in the solar wind.
I strap bass lines onto my back;
wrap chain mail angels around my chest;
strap thunderclouds to the soles of my feet;
and I dance.

You wouldn’t know it,
but I have a thousand Heavens
and just as many Hells burning inside. You see
the computer mind, but not the
glass shatter heart. I sometimes wonder
if I am a transparent kachina in your line of sight, if you can
already see how much I burn; but you
always prove me wrong. You
try to unzip me, and see my eyes fleeing away from you
like startled ponies. Do you really
know me? If you did, you would know that
if I look at you too long, I might burst.

But you don’t know. And how can I tell you?
I consult the dictionary of human behavior every day.
I had to load it into my brain and make it learn
that you open doors with hello and
that you close them with goodbye. I had to learn
the mechanics of when to smile, when to laugh.
If I like you, I tear encyclopedia pages and pictures from off my walls
to give to you as gifts. And if I were to love you, I might
serenade you with music channeled from the
stereo installed into my brain that I first noticed
when I was ten.
But small talk still feels like grease on my
fingertips. And some days, I hear
my own voice rendered in Greek and wonder
when I will speak my own tongue again.

So I will speak my own dialect of
encyclopedia notes, photographs, trivia bank entries,
badly sung covers of the originals, words shaped
like arrows. There may be no smiles, no
dance of our eyes, no oil between us to make things
easier. That’s not how I work, and I am
not ashamed of this. And maybe some day, you will
see me dance.

© 2010 Nicole Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.
Original poem published February 23, 2010
on Raven’s Wing Poetry

Sheera Cunningham’s work…….

this is a poem I wrote for my daughter right around the time of her diagnosis.

PANDORA’S BOX (for faith)

Pandora’s box
…meets Goldilocks
and eyes as blue as the sea
she
connects the dots
and swallows lots
of medication
her remedy
for
a spirit unleashed
on a world a peace
unprepared for a child
as
she
my first born love
to kiss and to hug
locked away from
reality
the miniature me
this porcelain queen
who presents as
my raggedy ann
is lost in a life
where demons creep at night
and
is too young to understand
the monsters that hide
within innocent
minds
and play us
as their wonderland
this child of mine
is
trapped inside
a realm without an upper hand
the games we share
misunderstood
nightmares
from daydreams
to butterflies
she sings in her
dreams
between the screams
my princess who always cries
a heart
of gold
I long to hold
but can’t comfort
this one that I love
a
future to mold
from impulses bold
an angel….misplaced from
above….

Sheera Cunningham

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