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SUPPORTING Self~Esteem!

A simple concept. It’s nothing NEW.It  stands to reason. It’s perfectly understandable. It’s something we all need to do….MORE OF!  Cultivating talents and strengths  of the individuals within the Autism community!

Culturally we all love aknowledgments. We celebrate the accomplishments of others. Scrolling through history we see the amazing and notorious characters that have come before us. Notating such glorious behaviors and such dastardly deeds. People are capable of so much…and so little.

So every fall we must realize that a NEW DAY has dawned for Autistic people and the people who LOVE them!!

A SHIFT in the hearts, minds and attitudes of people. The perception of Autistic people and their capabilities is being re-focused. Fine-tuned if you will. Awards events, venues for  creating and showcasing ART, books redefining our peoples worth! In 2011 …we have arrived!

On the weekend of September 23rd-25th…we will ENJOY The 2nd Annual Naturally Autistic People AWARDS & CONVENTION!!

 The opportunity here is to INCLUDE a group of people that have been widely marginalized. Sadly it seems that this world of “Celebrating Self-Esteem” had previously overlooked the Autistic population.Well that is no longer the case. Our awards celebration is here to stay and we are thrilled about it! I believe society as a whole  had been assuming that we as a community had nothing to CELEBRATE.

NOTHING could be further from the truth. Life is worth celebrating no matter your “label”. We have life and while we have that gift we will make the best of it. We too have abundant gifts to share. Simply put this concept is at the crux of cultivating a happy life.  Growing and giving the good inside of yourself ~to others. The trick is finding those gifts that each person has to give…focusing  on interests and encouraging people to follow where those interests take them! Self esteem~101. It is a simple concept that has been overlooked for far too long. Society is NOW starting to get a small taste of the talent streaming in!

The very best way to SUPPORT this golden opportunity for the Autistic Community is to involve yourselves and…SPONSOR~ SPONSOR~ SPONSOR!!  Companies that break ground with this venture are cutting the edge in CULTURE CHANGE!! What better way to support the future’s amazing minds!! Your COMPANY can give as little as the price for 1 ticket - enabling an Autistic adult to attend the AWARDS ! To sponsoring the cost of an actual award (an original handblown glass design) with the aknowledgment of your sponsorship etched right in.  There are many ways to SUPPORT US! 

 We are very excited by the opportunities SPONSORSHIP brings. It says alot about YOU and your Company. Believing in these awards and what they represent is TANGIBLE!! Your dollars at work in the BEST way possible. Helping Autistic PEOPLE contribute to society. People that are alive NOW!  Not waiting for what researcher’s come up with years down the road. Living, breathing people. People that  desire and DESERVE support now! Show the Autistic community that YOU and the  CORPORATIONS of this world believe in the incredible possibilities for their futures !

DOWNLOAD SPONSORSHIP FORMS HERE…2011 Sponsorship form !!!  ThankYOU in advance!

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Not JUST talking “The Talk”…

…OR walking “The Walk”. We are taking  Autism Awareness Action in new ways…Giving people a sensory experience if you will. Art and acceptance go hand and hand. What speaks to people without words? Yes, Autism speaks to me in this manner through my 12 yr. old son Wyatt. But what I speak of  is divine creativity! The mother of all invention. People’s minds used to the highest power to start something new!

Mixed in with a splash of color and positivity! What better way to bridge to people’s hearts and minds  than through color, creativity and smiles. Since I had my “epiphany” to create books describing my son’s Autistic  behaviors to the many curious children. I have felt an amazing flow of energy. Unexplainable really. One great connection after another presenting itself. Truly remarkable. I have always been an artist working alone. In recent months I feel as if I have been recruited.

Recruited to an invisible yet, powerful surge.An artistic army making a wave of change. Change in perceptions and attitudes. Attitudes that have shaped generations of Autistic people and their families. Worse yet, the rest of the world. Attitudes of shame , sadness and anxiety over the future. Feelings all valid and understandable in the culture we live in. That phrase is critical though. “The culture we live in”…  the amazing and the absurd. There are so many amazing things people are capable of and at the same time so much absurdity. People need to realize that “the culture we live in” is not the gold standard. Not the end-all, be-all.

The ideal, the pinnacle, the cream of the crop? People have given in to such crazy and unnatural behaviors. All for the sake of status. When  car companies propogate elitism to children sitting in vehicles at stoplights as per who has the superior backseat entertainment system…excuse me while I go and throw-up. Really? Is this the ideal? Status seeking chidren raised up to better society? Is this the legacy that Autism steals from you? Then thankyou very much, I have been burgaled!! I won’t be pressing  any charges. Sometimes, I believe less can be more.

Sure Wyatt’s life may not be filled with proms and cars and jobs…Should I go out there in a frenzy trying to make that happen with every hair-brained plan going?? When in my gut I know it is not essential to him? I think not. Playing the hand your dealt is what life is about for ALL of us…!! My Autism Awareness Action plan is about making sure everyone is told the rules to the game. How can we expect people to play awareness games with us  if no-one understands the rules? Through happiness people can recieve information much easier. With sadness and dread messages are avoided and lost. Saved for the people that have to deal with those messages. So with Happy and creative plans we go to the masses. Seeking to find people open to this perception shift.

Coloring awareness in new ways, that bridge  what autism really is for people…walking and talking are what we do everyday. People are used to it…we need something NEW~ a gimmick.

“GIMMICK: a trick device used by a magician.” Sounds about right!! To get the masses to realize the error of their thinking regarding Autism. .We could use…Harry Houdini or~The perfect solution ART, HAPPINESS and good old fashioned INGENUITY! Chalk Festivals, MURALS, “Teaching” Coloring Books and Pages. Positive imagery making positive attitude adjustments. Take control of  the Autism belief systems in your area, start campaigns of colorful change! Need some ideas? Just ask me how~  kelly@autismhwy.com

 PULL SOME RABBITS OUT OF THE AWARENESS HAT!!

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