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The AutismHWY Blog: What it’s ALL About

In late 2009 the AutismHWY website was in the factory tuning up and preparing to plug into our brand-new electric HWY, the world-wide web! How exciting to find ourselves in a whole ‘new head space.’ In fact…a lot of whole new head spaces. Talk about mind expanding! WoW.open mind2

Only knowing my Autistic son and a handful of his Aut classmates throughout those 10 years before the website existed we were ready to get on the HWY to real Autism information. I wanted to meet and greet Autistic people of ALL ages. The things that teachers, professionals and other parents were telling me never rang true. True to the instinctual connection my Autistic son and I have. We knew this new journey  would be something spectacular, something unimaginable. Our GPS system was never quite equipped for the vast galaxy of Autistic people… friends, partners and icons we would be on the AutismHWY with. Stellar universal navigations indeed. A vast neuro-universe unto itself. A universe of thought and beautiful patterning. Super natural people we were excited to befriend, work with and learn from.

So, what is this blog all about besides life changing connections to fantastic people? sticker AA

Is it about me, KellyG? Yes.

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Is it about my artful attitude? Yes.

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Is it about my son? Yes.

 

 

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Is it about his attitude? Yes.

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Is it about what we do to move the Acceptance ball forward in this indescribable ‘game changing decade’ of Autistic culture connecting? Yes.

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Is it about the innovative people we merge with on our AutismHWY? Yes.

 

 

An amazing emerging culture!!

An amazing emerging culture!!

Is it about our hopes and dreams for the world to stop misunderstanding and over-reacting to Autism? Yes.

 

 

Different is in fact needed!

Different is in fact needed!

Is it about our ICONIC Chalk Festival Free Expression Bonanza? YES!

Lori Antoinette W. serves us up a SWEET surprise!

Lori Antoinette W. serves us up a SWEET surprise!

Is it about the wish for a world more interested in people than things? Yes.

 

 

 

ASAN's Daniel Obejas recites his powerful poem: Points in Space.

ASAN’s Daniel Obejas recites his powerful poem: Points in Space.

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5th yr. participant! KING Jeremy of J.J. Jewelers

Dylan Arragon's performances were fantastic.

Dylan Arragon’s performances were fantastic.

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

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

 

Is it about the long awaited platform Autistic people need to shift the Autism industry? Yes.

 

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The Chalk Connection

Street ART is an amazing opportunity to share your work and the work of other’s whom you believe in. Chalk art is a colorful way to engage with people you have never met, yet! This weekend at the 24th annual Pasadena Chalk Festival I am once again…chalking it up with an Autistic spin!! Sharing imagery about what’s REAL in the world of AUTISM.  This is my 4th year at this Festival and the fans expect me to be here NOW! They know what I am saying is REAL and are actually looking for me to hear that. One gentlemen came running up to me so happy to CONNECT again. Fantastic times.

 

It is truly my pleasure to share this amazing documentary. An important film featuring the tremendous mission ANCA’s Naturally Autistic has steadfastly built for communities globally. Such a pleasure and a JOY to open hearts, minds and eyes….Now if we could just turn the Southern California Father’s day sun down to a reasonable degree!…Here is “SCENE #1″…what was put on pavement TODAY! Back tomorrow when it’s a wrap!  
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Scene #2: Day 2 at the 24th Pasadena Chalk Festival was a brutal 108 degrees for all of the hot Dad’s out there. I talked to quite a few of them about Autism and Heart. Another wonderfully eye-opening day for myself and all that I engaged and engaged me! Every year the love from this event compounds. People were very excited to discuss Autism in relation to what is happening in the world today and to see my presentation of this stunning documentary…

Here is the Connected Chalk Art canvas in the silent auction gallery that was bid on and won by a very excited fan that made a point to come find me! PLUS all of the fun finishing touches…on our mural!
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What a wonderfully connected weekend. We were prominently displayed and made quite an impact on Pasadena this year. Thanks to the Bernstein Family for always supporting my chalking and Naturally Autistic. Most importantly for helping me through to the finish line just when I needed you both MOST!
CONNECTION is a choice…we can all make!

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Like Rodina pictured below. She purchased the Connected Silent Auction Canvas and came to connect with me. Fantastic!
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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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