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2016 Chalk Festival: Unadulterated Bliss!

OUR 6th Annual AutismHWY Chalk Festival….FULL OF Ooooo’s and Ahhhh’s, X’s and O’s…


JUST Hit Play…and listen to Susan Sheller’s “If I Can Feel IT” while you view our 2016 photo gallery!….

Isabel sums it ALL up beautifully!!

Isabel sums it ALL up beautifully!!

Marcella Swett's Best of Show "PRO"

Marcella Swett’s Best of Show “PRO

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Best of Show by a Non pro? WOW VIctoria Astorga creates a masterpiece!
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Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

Autistic PRIDE on FULL POWER !!

 

The Lonardi family chalk up annual tradition bringing David's designs to LIFE!

The Lonardi family chalk up annual tradition bringing David’s designs to LIFE!

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MOST Comical !

MOST Comical !

4th time CHALKER...1st time Award Winner! Congratulations Manuel!

4th time CHALKER…1st time Award Winner! Congratulations Manuel!

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Rod's time and talent wowed the crowd!

Rod’s time and talent wowed the crowd!

SUCH CLARITY!! WoW.

SUCH CLARITY!! WoW.

Amazing details by this Artist...

Amazing details by this Artist

Jason Slagle's always awesome contribution!

Jason Slagle’s always awesome contribution!

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Daniela Jaime/ Star Sketcher's FUN on ground!

Daniela Jaime/ Star Sketcher’s FUN on ground!

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

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

Thanks for sharing your ART 4 yrs. in a row Daniella!

Thanks for sharing your ART 4 yrs. in a row Daniella!

Scooter's Italian Ice!...the "Official Drink" of the Chalk Festival!

Scooter’s Italian Ice!…the “Official Drink” of the Chalk Festival!

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Attention to detail DELUXE!!

Attention to detail DELUXE!!

The Art of Adriana Salgado delights us ALL!

The Art of Adriana Salgado delights us ALL!

WATCH Adriana’s AWESOME 3D DEMO…

Cock-a-doodle-WOW!!

Cock-a-doodle-WOW!!

Most original by Andre Bennett being shaded...

Most original by Andre Bennett being shaded

Carissa Paccerelli (2 time award winner)chalks it up while meeting co-judge BJ Lane. Carissa become a judge for this yrs. event!

Carissa Paccerelli (2 time award winner) chalks it up while meeting co-judge and our original featured artist BJ Lane. Carissa became a judge for this yrs. event!

 

Here I am with Bj Lane our head judge and original featured Artist. Thank YOU Bj.

Here I am with Bj Lane our head judge and original featured Artist. Thank YOU Bj.

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Lovely drawing and lovely to see 2015 Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Eileen Soboro!

Lovely drawing and lovely to see 2015 Jeff Kellen Carpe Inspirus Award Winner Eileen Soboro!

Close-up view of Autism Acceptance!

Close-up view of Autism Acceptance!

Lori Antoinette W. serves us up a SWEET surprise!

Lori Antoinette W. serves us up a SWEET surprise!

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Zoe Cobain's ethereal beauty visits Covina again!

Zoe Cobain’s ethereal beauty visits Covina again!

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SUPER HEROES on ground ALL DAY!

SUPER HEROES on ground ALL DAY!

MASKS designed for our event by the dynamo that is MARYELLEN SZPER of Flyingfrog.com

MASKS designed for our event by the dynamo that is MARYELLEN SZPER of Flyingfrog.com


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"Peace, Love and Giraffes" by Lysa Ashley!!

Peace, Love and Giraffes” by Lysa Ashley!!

Incredible attention to Giraffe Love and Detail!

Incredible attention to Giraffe Love and Detail!

Lysa WINS Best Color PRO...

Lysa WINS Best Color PRO

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Autistic Self Advocacy Network...boots on the ground!

Autistic Self Advocacy Network…boots on the ground!

Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance info on the table!

Parenting Autistic Children with Love and Acceptance info on the table!

Daniel Obejas shares the importance of Acceptance over Awareness and his poem, 'Points in Space'

Daniel Obejas shares the importance of Acceptance over Awareness and his poem, ‘Points in Space’

TRUTH to POWER spoken by Raul O. Munoz!

TRUTH to POWER spoken by Raul O. Munoz!

Dylan Aragon's performances were fantastic.

Dylan Aragon’s performances were fantastic.

Susan Sheller and Mark Tremalgia ADDED such amazing energy to the 2016 event. We FEEL IT!

Susan Sheller and Mark Tremalgia ADDED such amazing energy to the 2016 event. We FEEL IT!

Randall Williams FANS always turn up at the Chalk festival!

Randall Williams FANS always turn up at the Chalk festival!

Super ART hero Randall Williams in action POW!

Super ART hero Randall Williams in action POW!

SUPER POWERFUL!!

SUPER POWERFUL!!

OUR 'Super-Girl' Stacy Nalapraya gets her start!

OUR ‘Super-Girl’ Stacy Nalapraya gets her start!

Stacy Nalapraya!

Stacy Nalapraya!

Holy Batgirl STACY!!

Holy Batgirl STACY!!

The Chalk festival isn't complete w/o Jeremy B and JJ's Jewelry!

The Chalk festival isn’t complete w/o Jeremy B and JJ’s Jewelers!

On stage with Susan Sheller!

On stage with Susan Sheller!

Great to meet Boaz this year!

Great to meet Boaz this year!

Boaz has skillz on the ground! Chaking and break-dancing!

Boaz has skillz on the ground! Chaking and break-dancing!

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins 'Autistic Pride Design'!

J. Keith Dubois gets it right and wins ‘Autistic Pride Design’!

WILD CREATIVITY!!

WILD CREATIVITY!!

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WE TALK CHALK came out for our EVENT!! WowZa!!

Grasiela Rodriguez mastering things in the shade!

Grasiela Rodriguez mastering things in the shade!

AutismHWY sure battled the energetic elements this year! Thanks Grasiela!

AutismHWY sure battled the energetic elements this year! Thanks for sticking with us Grasiela!

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The Remo Drum Circle care of RMC North Hollywood is always a HIT!

The Remo Drum Circle care of RMC North Hollywood is always a HIT!

 

Thank YOU Susan Sheller for facilitating musical movement and FUN all day!!

Thank YOU Susan Sheller for facilitating musical movement and FUN all day!!

Dani Bowman stops by!

Dani Bowman stops by!

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OUT of the shadows and into ENLIGHTENMENT we forge with creativity!!

Thank YOU to all of the amazing participants, fans and supporters for another empowering Chalk-filled DAY!!

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Minds Open: 2014

 

This is AutismHWY.com’s biggest wish for the new year. More minds open to learning inside information about Autism from Autistic people themselves. open mind2

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www.photospin.comWithout all of the resistance. Sometimes occurring on both sides of understanding.

 

A lot has happened since 2010 when we set out on this virtual journey reaching out to the positive side of Autistic culture. Intending to make fun and creative ways for connections. As any year generally goes 2013 was full of positive and negative events to go around this community of “ours.” There were many eye opening moments as well. Here’s hoping those eye-opening moments have people ready to expand their radar and thinking on Autism. AutismHWY on-ramps to opening hearts and minds to a harmonious and inclusive future. Wrapping your brain around not only your own thinking, but the thinking of others, whom are thinking differently. Still with me?winkHope so.

 

To dream the seemingly impossible dream, you say? Huzzah! It’s where this HWY is heading. We can’t afford to continue spinning our wheels with friction. Everyone needs to understand and recognize how Autism is real and affects people in ways seen and unseen. That there most definitely are real deficits and advantages of each neurology. That we all have recognizable triggers we can actively choose to avoid  to benefit ourselves and others. If guidelines of respect are created and followed as closely as possible we have a shot. A shot at working together beautifully while changing the world and it’s dynamic workforce. Working together forces us to breakdown the actual mechanics of interaction and the authentic ways we should all be communicating with each other. No more clashing and colliding all over each others boundaries. No more messy verbal fender benders, drive-bys or those occasional head on collisions we all can engage in or “lookie- loo” upon. The highway of understanding can be treacherous out there. Learning to be aware of others needs and sensitivities is truly at the heart of Autism and of being behind the wheel out on the road! What a great way to free-associate the navigations between Autistic people and ‘Neurotypical’ people.

 

 Imagine our communication highways and how we need to respect driving styles that differ, yet get us to the same destinations. New and beautiful ways for people to communicate are here.

 

 A huge project to work on in 2014 and beyond.  Understanding and allowing for each other’s neurologies without expecting everyone to get it perfect all of the time. Allowing our differences to shine or to be supported equally. The road rules of the AutismHWY, where we lead with mindful brain awareness and respect. No longer centering interaction around ego, competition and self righteousness. Understanding we all have love and issues surrounding the very fluid Autism equations we uniquely calculate. That it is time, that we can and will, work together. Rebooting our mindsets and admitting there is certain language and practices that must cease for peace.  Integrating Autistic activists, scientists, artists and scholars into the International Plan for Autism is what this planet aches for! A very long awaited balance. This understanding of brainstyles is critical. It is not a joke or a walk in the park. At times it has quite literally been life or death. From medical professionals that do not believe a person with Autism is in pain (because they don’t experience it like other people.) To a society that has been branded through uninformed messaging to hate, fear and exclude all things Autism. Misguided and seriously scary for Autistic people and those of us that love them. 

 

We do not need to settle for this misguided thinking anymore. Autistic people working together with Parents and Professionals can erase that fear, misinformation and hate. When Autistic people take the lead it can turn the world on it’s head. A world where simple connections matter again. Where it is less about you and more about the other guy. I have noticed that most Autistic people are different then everyone else in my life. They have a particular radar of respect toward one and other. Treating each other with emotional care, safety and kindness. Autistic people have taught me to navigate and most importantly respect the “thinking” and “feeling” differences we all share. Let’s jointly define ourselves and our needs, to each other then kindly get started with this plan!

 

Not always taking the lead, sometimes being guided. A two-way highway. 

 

 

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