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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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Show You Care~ Be Aware!

It’s a simple request. Yet often seems hard to fill. We work tirelessly at trying to get the world to STAND UP and take notice.  Stand up for AUTISM!  This busy buzzing world we live in. The revolving layers upon layers of matter. Physical and spiritual. So much constantly going on. I of course am so immersed in my world…”The Autistic Community” that is building. Autistic adults working together with parents of children with Autism. For the greater good.

 As I like to say, “It’s a beautiful thing!” We see it. NOW~~to help others see it. For so many years the negative images  and sad stereotypes have dominated popular culture. One movie…captured the attention of the world and closed their minds to reality. Autism is not “Rainman.” A very entertaining movie yet, not a great perception for the masses. Another movie is now here to erase the damage Rainman did. “Temple Grandin” produced by HBO. My Autism Awareness wish…is that everyone on the planet that has not seen this movie… WILL

There are so many reasons to accept Autism and make friends with it!! This is the thinking behind AutismHWY.com, my Kid’s Coloring Books and the fabulous coming event!! The 1st Annual Show you Care~Be Aware CHALK FESTIVAL! At Caliornia Burgers 353 E. Foothill Blvd. AZUSA, Cal. http://www.yelp.com/biz/california-burgers-azusa

We are bridging to each other and the community!! We are tired of isolation and no community events geared towards reaching out as friends. There are such growing numbers for people on the spectrum…it’s time the world became acquainted with us. Acquainted with real people with Autism and Aspergers. Not Dustin Hoffman’s brilliant stereotypical performance of one individual. If people learn anything else…realize that like everything in this world. Autism comes in all shapes and sizes!

Saturday morning April 16th 10:00 a.m ~3:00 p.m.  please come  on out and see for yourself. We will be celebrating our talents and practicing our skills with chalk! Raising Awareness and thoughts for a more accepting world.  ART brings hearts and minds together and this is what we aim to do! Artist Bj Lane the mother of an Adult Daughter with Autism will share her amazing perspectives through her brilliant use of color. We are so honored and thrilled by her SPECIAL APPEARANCE! I have seen her in action and cannot wait for the designs in store for us !! Please explore her beautiful style here… http://www.bjlane.com  

Several other artists are signed on…myself and my amazing book and project partner Rachel Walker . Take a peek at her amazing world of talent here  http://www.edgeoftheworldclothing.com   She will pop by and whip up some of her special brand of magic! Another very exciting development~~ Author/ Artist /Entrepreneur/Aspie…Jan Beaver Coad http://www.opendoortocreativity.org/ …will travel down and design a square and share her inspirations with ALL!!  She has alot of amazing things to share, show and sell. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such Awareness Angels!!  Fun artistic ones!!!

There will be some  Designers of  hand crafted jewelry with their creations for sale that will  definitly beautify your lives!!…  We will have copies of the 1st ever~Naturally Autistic Magazine created by an Autistic Staff!  That alone is worth the trip! Books, Info and Useful INFORMATION galore!! Let the little ones roll up their sleeves and test their abilities! I will have a kiddie corner for “Jr. Artists”…pre-drawn shapes and lots of colors! California Burgers has an awesome menu with something yummy  for everybody…and I’m sure Grace Lee the owner/proprietor will have a “Chalk~Fest Special” cooked up!  So come on out and see all the FUN, ART & TALENT that the spectrum can hold. As we reach out and share within all communities across the globe! When given the chance this community will wow you!!                                                     OUR FANTASTIC SUPPORTERS!!  http://www.naturallyautistic.com        http://www.bubblesmakehimsmile.com                   http://www.drandor.com                                                        http://www.colonialrx.com/                             http://pacosmexicanrestaurant.com/                                                                                                                  http://www.valleyviewdrugs.com               http://www.glendoramotorcars.com

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