quietly occurred this past week! ~December 16th 2010 was the exact date we went LIVE on this world wide web. OUR Drive on the AutismHWY ready to roll globally…full of natural positivity and pragmatism!
We came on line to celebrate Autistic recognition… recognition that we believe has TRULY grown these past 6 trips around the sun! Paving ways for matter of fact Autism recognition …with zero trepidations. More and more of us seeking to amplify and follow the Autistic voice and points of view which encourage natural transformation. Transformations that take you from feeling puzzled or fearful to lovingly abundant with pragmatic Autism innerstandings.
Global Recognition for ALL of US!
The Autistic point of view naturally understands and respects Autistic ways of being. Garner this vast knowledge which makes perfect sense Autisticly. Your heart and mind will evolve…much like this drawing created when we first began this journey at the beginning of the decade. A journey we leaned into and followed. Leading us to the innerstanding that the actual understanding of Autism would not be connected to us through “experts or specialists” but, instead more naturally…through the actual stories from Autistic people themselves.
FULL IMPACT RECOGNITION!
It happened here for us very quickly. After getting ourselves out onto the AutismHWY we met and began partnering with some of the most innovative and talented Autistic friends imaginable and quite frankly UN~imaginable!! ALL seeking Autistic recognition as well. Imagine the great JOY in that ?!
We went into instant action and chose chalk as one of our strongest allies! Talk is considered cheap and chalk is even cheaper! An experiment co-mingling : chalk, free expression and the JOY of Autistic life! Creating the AutismHWY.com Chalk Festivalwas our greatest free expression pleasure ever. Enjoying our once a year party full of ‘full on ACCEPTANCE’ rocks our Autistic universe! We are so proud to see that it rocks other people’s galaxies as well, as we look out and now see other chalk and Autism ventures popping up in our rear, front and side-view mirrors! A day in the sun full of street art, love and pragmatic Autism information all steeped in natural connection and acceptance. We call that a PARTY and invite the world to JOIN IN!
During the years we have hosted the AutismHWY Chalk Festival and our website we see the tremendous forward growth. We STILL have to convince ‘some people’ that the word Autistic is not filled with negative connotations and that the word is most definitely NOT A SLUR and never was. More and more Autistic voices are proud to find that they are being heard. That their voices matter and are naturally emerging for long needed resolutions. This empowerment will in turn create the employment they seek. Companies thinking astutely will create the much needed platforms for Autistic people to come forward with their genuinely helpful and insightful facts. The days of dehumanizing generalizations monopolizing societies idea of what Autism isare numbered. Passing this REAL-LIFE/ REAL-TIME information baton will be hard for some non-Autistic people and self-proclaimed experts to do. The monopoly that has been enjoyed by them; speaking over and about Autistic people without them, is finally being stripped away inch by inch and we could not be happier to see that!
BURSTING PAINFUL BUBBLES
Sarah Van Deisel’s beautiful creativity.
Pain is a natural valid human expression both physically and emotionally, who knows that better than the Autistic community with such a twisted painful human history? Creating pain bubbles however, is not a healthy natural human expression. Many encapsulating Autism pain bubbles are created by parents and professionals for myriads of reasons. Fear and lack of tactical Autism knowledge head that very long list. To exploit, control and oppress people are other selfish reasons. Autistic people have pragmatic ways of bursting parental and professional ’pain bubbles’ to provide tactical aid but, due to the gaps in communicative stylings that often becomes painful too! For the Autistic person trying to inform and for the parents or professionals of Autistic people not embracing their input. Painful and honestly…necessary, much like the process of birth and ultimately of daily life. The pain and the pleasure of it ALL is at the heart of learning, growth and of being what we ALL are= expansively human. Exactly the expression we wanted to share with the friends made on this extravagant and fascinating highway! Where is the creativity if we stay in blue bubbles of pain speaking of consistent fear and states of puzzlement? A cocoon of people stagnating in place is not the metamorphosis that, life IS! If you reside in a cocoon of pain with others in that same unempowered state, you are not experiencing the pleasures of this beautiful life and all of it’s natural painful unravelings. Seeking shelter in manufactured pain bubbles instead of insightful expansive empowerment is avoidable on the AutismHWY. This painful bubble containment is what our website and Chalk festival event was created to BURST. An ancient oppressive pattern that doesn’t serve Autistic people, our modern drive… our AutismHWY.
OUR DRIVE FORWARD
Includes Autistic people behind the wheel of accurate Autism information and in many other growing capacities. As organization owners, business partners, industry innovators, mentors, consultants, creative icons and friends. As rulers of their own ultimate Autistic destiny. Visionaries of a whole new age in learning styles for an emerging cultural and communication revolution. An era in which the world will finally get things right for an Autistic living in the universe. Freedom to be who and how you are. The gift of self and self worth that we were all naturally born to receive. Not defined, boxed and wrapped by other voices in the world. Not people lost or stuck in a world of their own but rather people tuned into THE REAL WORLD and their actual human experience. People with the birthright to be Autistic and to learn from other Autistic people.
Our 5th ’Making Friends with Autism’ coloring book is a culmination of fantastic friends that love Art and Autism. Friends that want the world to be a more respectful and inclusive place for Autistic people. Cheers to THAT and to always following your HeART…
9 International artists, just a few of our amazing Autistic friends -all of whom have outdone themselves in the pages of this NEW book!! Whimsical fun and imagination abound on each and every page. You will find Batfrogs and Butterflies …alongside interesting and heart filled bio’s of each artist.
Scott A. Jackson
Frank Louis Allen
Coloring the life we are given splendidly IS what these artist’s do and exactly what this coloring book is all about.
Free expression through the ARTS has been and always will be the first and best action we can ALL take for healthier and happier lives.
So get your diversity colored pencils sharpened, get ready to unwind your mind and wrap up your heart in some fan-flippin-tastic ART!
In partnership with Tashi I brought her design to the Ventura Art and Street Painting Festival at the beautiful Ventura Harbor the weekend of September 12th. A very calm and wonderful art filled event this year. We saw many of our chalk artist friends and made some wonderful new ones that we hope to see at our event next spring!!
The art mixed with the ocean air was phenomenal. I loved having the time to be chalking myself while speaking with the crowd about this artist, her beautiful Bird of Paradise design and the annual AutismHWY.com Chalk festival.
A design I believe in wholeheartedly when Tashi says we all have wings to fly! Enjoy hearing more about that from the artist herself in the wonderful video below.
Using Art as a beautiful bridge to understanding . Understanding the layers and depths to the lives we all live together.
We here at AutismHWY.com feel very blessed as we reflect on the year that was 2014. We are now 4 yrs. old as a visionary website and we feel a positive force for change. AutismHWY has always seen the future!! It is bright and full of transformation for this world. In these first few years of our on-line ”life” we have witnessed a lot of fantastic movement in many positive directions. People demanding that the Autism hysterics and the othering of Autistic people— just stop. Autistic people know how they feel and have real and effective strategies for Autistic people and their families.
Families and friends of Autistic people are joining in by amplifying their voices, creating events and conferences to centerpiece their messages. Their first hand knowledge and experience; being Autistic. Voices for pragmatic change joining forces. Voices not listening to outlandish messages of pain, tragedy, unresolvable despair and pity. Voices with practical solutions to complex problems. Voices filled with love and not fear. The Autistic voice. So on point and now accessable. Ready to be heard and implemented. It is time to listen. Please do. Resolve to always.
We have had our vision of Autism all along. In 2010 we came on-line with our beliefs that it is natural and is indeed a very important piece of the human condition we all need to know about. That Autistic people are integral to creation and have been all along. Understanding and respecting the dynamics at play within the human mind is crucial to inter-relationships for ALL PEOPLE in every society. Autism clues people into all of that and more. AutismHWY.com has always seen that bigger picture now coming more and more into focus for everyone.
We knew it was something that we needed. That we deserved. Not another pity party to twist public perceptions to raise funds. An Art party to raise friendships, spirits and acceptance. NO WALKING in circles of shame. No declaring war on Autism. No wallowing on self imposed sadness. Chalking ourselves into our community in real ways. Allowing the community to meet and greet Autistic people to dispel the misperceptions. Enjoying ourselves out in the community where we belong! With the city of Covina and the partnership of numerous Autistic people, families, friends and organizations we have met that VISION! Autism Movement TherapyThe Art of Autism, The Gifts of Autism, Joel’s VisionArtsour hats are off to YOU!! Thank you for believing in AutismHWY’s vision.
In January 2014 we urged minds to be wide open to the Autistic voice in our blog titled “Minds Open:2014″As we have now come full circle into January and already into February of 2015 we believe that steps in this direction are happening. However, we have grown beyond mere ”baby steps” and hope that Autistic inside info will become a full on gallop as we head to people seeing “OUR” Big Picture in 2020! 2020 vision will mean getting information straight from…the source! 100%!!
Our Visionary Wish List continues…..
1. Autistic activists and scholars will form a union that can be consulted by all agencies.
2. Non-Profits will be barred from disparaging the lives of the families they raise money to “assist” and will be mandated to include Autistic people on their board of advisory directors.
3. Experts on Autism will not be deemed an expert without gathering facts from Autistic people.
4. All people will be respected and valued in life regardless of the high productivity standards that are considered normal.
We don’t ask for a lot: SOCIAL JUSTICE for Autistic People!