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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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Over the Moon, Sun and Stars!

That is how I am feeling! 2010 ended superbly with the Autism SHINES Mural project~~>http://www.youtube.com/autismhwy#p/a/f/2/dqdzqUQQoOg  January kicked off in fine form with my Temple Grandin interaction!! February 12th was the 1st co-ordinated APAC Global Awareness Event. March 4th will be AutismHWY.com’s 1st radio show as a part of the ANCA Naturally Autistic Blogradio Team. Be aware~Show you care Chalk Festival April 16th, WOW!

That doesn’t even touch on the #1 REASON I am so blissed out recently!! “Making Friends with Autism”  my children’s coloring book has been sent to the printer’s. 24 pages of  Awareness INFORMATION presented in a fun way! Info about their peers  they truly need to know. Let’s stop all of the wondering people have been doing! Let’s put something in the children’s hands!! Let’s grease the wheels of knowledge…and get this AutismHWY.com rollin’!! I am ready to have children coloring awareness magic. Parents learning and understanding basics with their children…Autism meltdown 101 .

CLICK to ENLARGE ~ each of Rachel Walker’s brilliant drawings! I am so blessed to be working with such a special artisan. Rachel  http://www.edgeoftheworldclothing.com is multi~talented to be sure. She is an accomplished artist that has shown at Vroman’s Pasadena  bookstores as well as Our local Glendora bookstore . Currently Rachel has a permanent spot at  a Gallery in Pomona! She has designed  beautiful costumes and loungerie . This year she is teaching costume design at an artist oriented high school in Santa Ana. She has encouraged some great work from her students with 1 Fashion Show so far! I am proud to call her friend and partner.

When I lucked into Rachel as the artist for this venture…I was at my wits end. I had been shopping around for an “artist” to help illustrate my “Why does Wyatt do that?” books. My mom immediately insisted I could do it by myself. She knows that as an artist…you can doubt your own abilities, and need that “pep-talk”… that urge to believe. Many , many times that is true in life. There is also a time to know when two heads are  better than one. Joining minds and creativity, linking together making each other stronger. This is what I sensed and thankfully found in Rachel.

The way that Rachel took my two rough designs and refined them and took them to the next level…Not Global~~UNIVERSAL!!  You know I LOVE THAT!! Kelly Green loves to think BIG! This is exactly my point ; Rachel understood that from me. When I approached her with this partnership I was seeking she had no ASD experience. She has taken it upon herself to check into things on her own. She has had some hands on experience getting to know Wyatt and I!

She has read things thatI have sent her and really taken this project to heart! She will look at photos and then be able to capture Wyatt’s body language in her depictions. Precisely what is needed. When I have given her a thumbnail sketch or idea of what I hope to see on each page…she understands and enhances my perceptions!!  So evident in her amazing heartfelt renderings.Our kids and families are in for an informative amazing  treat!

Speaking of amazing~~ Rachel surprised me yet again with a beautiful original piece for the front cover of “Making friends with Autism”…Wow when I saw this my heart had wings too! My beloved logo amongst the beautiful unique tapestry as WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY open for the ASD community!! Gorgeous~Thankyou Rachel!

“EVERYONE FITS IN SOMEWHERE”  by Rachel Walker

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QUESTIONING EYES…

LOOKING OUR WAY~ Each and every single day! As Wyatt and I travel our daily HIGHWAYS & BYWAYS ~ It is VERY Interesting watching these curious youngsters. I study them…study him. You can actually see the wheels spinning, SERIOUSLY! Think …Indy 500. They wonder? About Wyatt~ his actions, his autism …its an issue that has NOT really BEEN broached. Why is that…I wonder? THEY Wonder, I Wonder…WE ALL WONDER!??

Does it have anything to do with that HOT POTATO “Theory”I mention in the blog titled… “Why DOES Wyatt DO that?” PASS that PUPPY off! …” We just don’t have time right now”…”It’s too complicated…we’ll never be able to understand that”…”Oh yeah, and did I mention we were busy.” We know life is crazy, busy at times but, this REALLY IS important. The COMMON UNDERSTANDING is the first step we need to take. If the adults are TOO BUSY

No problem, I’ll skip right to a much MORE RECEPTIVE audience ANYWAY!! Why is it that CHILDREN are always much more open and able to recieve NEW IDEAS? Plus they are not running around trying to get a paycheck and a million other things done everyday. THAT HELPS lol! They definitely have the time to learn. So I will just see what I can do about that! The 3 stories I have written are WYATT INSPIRED...So you know they are SWEET !

I cannot WAIT…until everyone can see them!! We have been working closely on all the concepts and we are getting close to production for BOOK #1 “WHY does Wyatt DO THAT ?” ‘making friends with autism’ !! Working with…my illustrator, RACHEL WALKER is incredible! Not only does she have MAD SKILLS...she is just such a positive and naturally inspiring person! You will be AMAZED at the range of her TALENTS when you visit her website HERE> http://www.edgeoftheworldclothing.com

When we started the project Rachel had very minimal knowledge concerning AUTISM. She has not only understood my vision…She has taken it upon herself to learn as much as she can about the SPECTRUM! I will take a little credit on that front. Being exposed to the books explained some concepts to her & wet her appetite on others… I am hoping that this is the case with everyone that reads it! When the PARENT, TEACHER or CARE-GIVER read the book to their “charges” ~THEY WILL LEARN as well!!

Just a few cute discussions about SELF-STIMULATION…SENSORY ISSUES and SELF INJUROUS BEHAVIORS. 3 OF the ” BIGGIES“…I thought, a very good start! These things seemed SOoo MYSTERIOUS to me at one point in time! NO LONGER! I am over “IT” as they say! I no longer allow AUTISM to BULLY me …I have gotten aquainted with this PUNK! I’ve said it before ~HE was nothing I asked for…but, I accept that He is here.We will continue to expose his SECRETS & Our lives will be HAPPY, FUN and SUCCESSFULREGARDLESS !!

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