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Road Rage on the AutismHWY?!

 

 

 

After my last blog post  The New Scarlet letter I was accused of   going on an attack. Really?!
Let’s examine the definition of the WORD attack:
1. To set upon with violent force.     NO, most definitely NOT.
2. To criticize strongly or in a hostile manner.    Well, Yes, yes I did.
3. To start, work on with purpose and vigor: attack a problem.   Exactly. The problem of continued disrespect of a cherished word by folks in our own community.
4. To begin to affect harmfully   Changing perceptions is only harmful to some. The people trying to keep others in “their place,” separated from them.
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The Autism Sparkles page and blog does not like the word Autistic and when ”Queen Sparkle” boasts about that, it damages the community and those of us here at AutismHWY.com. We wrote a blog pointing that out. Is that violent, hostile, vigorous or harmful behavior? We think not. However  the self appointed Queen thought it was and set out to stir up a propaganda frenzy in the ensuing days. (It was a labor day delight!)  She wrote her own blog mischaracterizing many of my points Then melodramatically threatened to take her wondrous sparkles away from the internet (Oh my, how will we ever survive without them?)  Her ‘followers’ recruited droves upon droves of entities to come forth and save her from this horrible “attack” from AutismHWY!  She misrepresented my words and banned any corrections I tried to make to her victimized spin on things. Posting again and again and again about the hatred directed at her. Hundreds of presumptive commenters grew meaner and meaner begging her to stay and declaring that I was an evil, mean bully and a lot of other disgusting things. Branding us negative attacking “haters.” You get that picture. Very scary to see what a growing group of uninformed people will say in a moments notice at the coercion of some misguided “Queen.”
PLEASE!

PLEASE!

                                                                                                                                                                     

There were a few comments that were rational amongst it all. Like my favorite: ”All I saw was a women defending Autistic people.” Thanks random woman, you get it!  Or another fav, “Oh my, a pity party.” Thank you Jane S., right on target as always! Another good friend to AutismHWY Steve S. posted some great articles about ‘person first language’ theory written by talented Autistic Activists! (Extremely helpful if read!!)
Another young woman I had never heard of  messaged me privately during this unbelievable flurry of ignorance. This is what she wrote.

These cupcakes spark something a bit more substantive.

These cupcakes spark something a bit more substantive.

 “Hi, although I was not involved I wanted to tell you I completely agree with you about Autism Sparkles. I am Autistic, and there were many times she shunned me, because my Autistic point of view did not jive with her non-Autistic point of view. She cooed and “liked” over everything other parents would say, but completely ignored any input I gave. God forbid an Autistic person have the right to comment on Autism related matters! Anyway, thanks for speaking up about it.
 Well, she’s being dishonest about the situation. She is telling people that you accosted her solely for saying her child is “on the spectrum” instead of “Autistic.” Having been repeatedly offended by her in the past for various reasons I assumed this was inaccurate”
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That alone says it ALL for us. A group intent on positivity and sparkling encouragement? For whom? Autistic people and their family of supporters?…or just for families with the Autistic person pushed off in the background? Not as important as the parents yet again?
Lot’s of gooey and  sugary baby talk is served up daily on this page with pink cupcakes, princesses & sparkles along with moments of genuine love. However, when a status posting goes out of it’s way to make a self righteous point that the word Autistic will never be allowed to cross the lips of the status writer, in regards to her spectrum child- that says a lot. A lot that is not good, useful or helpful as we advocate for erasure of negative stereotypes. Stereotypes that have been hanging over the heads of Autistic people and their families for decades. Forget those stereotypes and consider the people. How can you negate any part of the child you love no matter how greatly they are, or are not affected? To us it seems like loving goldfish yet, hating the color gold?
Hey! LOVE all of me!

Hey! LOVE all of me!

We ALL know that when you proclaim you will never allow yourself to use a particular word. You are making a huge and strong statement. You are elevating the language you will use while belittling the language you won’t use. Everyone has the right to use and call themselves whatever they deem fit. AutismHWY.com was NEVER asserting otherwise. On the Spectrum, Autistic person, person with Autism. 3 ways of saying the same thing in our view ( and we believe the majority of people’s.) We use them all with an emphasis on Autistic, especially in recent years. The adult population is burgeoning and will continue to do so!  More and more “Autistic adults” will be identifying just that way! It’s a beautiful emerging self identifier that is necessary for navigating the world. As we move forward and people begin to recognize the cogs in the wheel that are Autistic and how this world has always used these cogs to get around. The shame will dissipate and the pride can freely rush in. This is what we want Queen Sparkle. You may use your own brand of spectrum speak but, do not denigrate other’s choices in that process. Please don’t deny us that my lady nor hinder our progress through words of hatred and fear masked with  huge delirious servings of sugar.
Sometimes information can seem very heavy, as well it should!

Sometimes information can seem very heavy, as well it should!

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Return to VROMAN’S !!

 

Southern California'sHUGE Bookstore historically and literally!

Southern California’s HUGE Bookstore historically and literally!

So happy to report we will be sharing our Making Friends with Autism Coloring Books at this extraordinary historic Bookstore for a second year!

Out latest and...GREATEST! Teaching moments every month!

Out latest and…GREATEST! Teaching moments every MONTH!

 

We had so much fun at last year’s event with our creative friends, Joel Anderson of Joel’s Vision Arts, Debra Hosseini from The Art of Autism and our friends with Unintentional Humor, Linda and Brent Anderson!IMG_8417

 

Fun friends joined us and new friends stopped by! We hope to see all of those folks and more on Saturday August 17th at 3 PM. This year I will again  have my trio of Coloring Books on hand. Debra Hosseini will return to share the Art of Autism and all of the great work she is up to.

77 Artists on the Autism Spectrum shine in this BOOK!

77 Artists on the Autism Spectrum shine in this BOOK!

 

Currently Debra has been penning a Memoir. Amazing adventures and life lessons learned by her Aspie boyfriend Kurt Muzikar, something very interesting to look forward to!

The Goddess Energy of Ms. Keri Bowers!

The Goddess Energy of Ms. Keri Bowers!

 

This year we are very proud and excited to have Keri Bowers joining us. She will have copies of her amazing classic Autism filmNormal People Scare Me” Keri has 24 years of experience using ART to help students and families on the spectrum. Her amazing innovations and accepting spirit will give you tools for success in every day situations and creative support for inevitable transitions! Please come out and meet Keri! 

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Joel Anderson’s NEW BOOK will be available: “ Medieval Trio Tales: Courage at the Concert” written and illustrated by Joel and Diana Michelotti! A delightful tale about being courageous and supporting others! Exactly what Joel does. The weekend of this event Joel will be traveling to San Jose State to implement a mentoring program for kids on the spectrum with the college’s Football team!! GO JOEL! Woot!!

 

Unfortunately, Dani Bowman will not be at the event. Her work with Joey Travolta and Inclusion Films takes precedent. She tirelessly works all across the country teaching others on the spectrum to excel at animation. Thank you for all of your hard work Dani! We hope you will join us another time!

So mark your calendars and head to Old town Pasadena for a delightful day with us!!

An impromptu serenade courtesy of Shane Mckaskle, Chris Iddamalgoda and friend.

An impromptu serenade courtesy of Shane Mckaskle, Chris Iddamalgoda and friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandi and Joel Anderson's colorful world!

Sandi and Joel Anderson’s colorful world!

Friendship Rocks!! Kai, Joel and brent Anderson with the "crooners"!!

Friendship Rocks!! Kai, Joel and Brent Anderson with the “crooners”!!

 

 

 

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WHY DOES Wyatt…DO THAT?

…..Making Friends with Autism.

 

 

The book Title and subtitle idea that started me on this amazing….  AutismHWY.com website  JOURNEY. An excellent road-trip of creations for connection to deep understanding!

OUR Thinking.....EXACTLY!

OUR Thinking…..EXACTLY!

 

 

My journey from a literal “lightening bolt moment” during prayer for my ailing brother in 2009  sending me in a new direction and toward a new purpose in life. That voice in my head urging me to combine all of my life’s artistic experience, knowledge, old and NEW friendships- together for good use! An informative artistic mission really. A mission to teach children exactly “WhAt” they are seeing when they look in the direction of my brilliantly different Autistic son, Wyatt! Our Making Friends with Autism children’s coloring book series describing Autistic traits and my son’s Autism to the countless ‘questioning eyes’ we encounter daily!

#1″Making Friends with Autism”

#2 ”Why Does Wyatt Do That?” and our latest edition…

#3  “Awareness EVERY Month” Coloring Pages.

Advocating for brain diversity through engaging imagery and useful information.

Out latest and...GREATEST! Teaching moments every month!

Out latest and…GREATEST! Teaching moments every month!

My whole life I have enjoyed trying to talk sense with children. Listening to the perceptions they have and expanding on that. I imagined myself having thousands of conversations with my 2 boys. Conversations that have never yet come to fruition. My oldest son Aaron (who is 10 yrs. older than 14 yr. old Wyatt)  grew up and away so fast he seemingly had no time to talk…perhaps whenever he settles down we will have that chance. Wyatt’s speech disintegrated after age 3. It is an ever changing art interpreting his  tones, vocalizations and  emotion filled communicational movements. I want others to understand that just because a child does not communicate or express themselves in the typical ways, friendships are still attainable and FUN! The whole purpose of this heart-filled project. To disarm and engage people in a positive fashion. To undo some of the Autism mythology that misleads and dissuades friendships. To ‘get over’ the stumbling blocks to understanding and acceptance!! Our everlasting mission in life.

Making Friends with Autism ROCKS!!

Making Friends with Autism ROCKS!!

My mission...to understand.

My mission…to understand.

Creating conversations that pave the AutismHWY of friendship! Conversations that are finally starting to evolve! Exactly what we want to be doing in this great “Decade of Change” for Autism!! I have felt this positive energy surrounding my son since his birth even if I had no clue where it was driving me. Since my advocating mission began 4 yrs. ago I am seeing so much more positive and encouraging change in dialogue! I see it in many, many  amazing organizations old and new. It is happening, it is tangible. It is so very exciting to see the movement on these multiple levels driven by families and Autistic Activists. All of us ascending in this positive and much more effective direction! It feels magnetic. We live in an excellent age.

An age where we as a community an emerging culture are finally sending positive messages to society. What Autism really is and how even if, it may shape some things about people, it does not define nor count them out.  Autistic people are people first, with all of the fantastic individuality that each and every person on this planet is born with.  It is funny how such obvious information can escape generations of thought. But those days are gladly long over. The floodgates  of useful information regarding the Autistic condition / thought process are opening and the energy is overwhelming!  Overwhelmingly pragmatic with a side of natural innocence. To me a more meaningful way of being by dropping pretenses and communicating purely. A lot of people’s true character has been tampered with in this overtly social society and somehow long forgotten. People must return to a more  socially direct and honest self, finding more authentic pathways to friendship. Understanding the deeper less superficial give and take of communication. How we all experience that differently and most importantly what works for each person in that regard. This will help people define who they truly are without outside pressures. Understanding Autism and those communication differences can define a more authentic way of expression and being for each and everyone of us.

Always and Forever.

Always and Forever.

We all have our OWN ZONES !!

We all have our OWN ZONES !!

 

Each of our three, 20 page books are designed to empower children and adults with simple information to ease fears and  erase stigmas regarding Autism.

When you can understand a few concepts about Autism and how differently Autistic people are built, connections are that much simpler.

We want everyone to understand that Autism is just a thing in life, something to understand, accept and validate as part of the human condition. We all need to be understood and accepted in order to be comfortable with who we are.

Because truly, WHO ELSE CAN WE BE?

 

 

BOOK SIGNING August 17th at VROMAN’S in Pasadena:  http://vromansbookstore.com/connecting-friends-autism-spectrum

See YOU there!

 

 

 

 

 

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Chalk Festival Photo Essay by Jerry O’Brien

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

Bj Lane...making her amazing mark!

Bj Lane…making her amazing mark!

Tammy K's beautiful Mom Bj Lane www.bjlane.com

Tammy K’s beautiful Mom Bj Lane www.bjlane.com

 

 

 

Teamwork ROCKS for Best Buddies: Shane and Chris.

Teamwork ROCKS for Best Buddies: Shane and Chris.

Angelo maps out his thought process.

Angelo maps out his thought process.

Modern day...Dragon Slayer??

Modern day…Dragon Slayer??

SuperHEROES were on the grounds!! In all shapes and sizes!

SuperHEROES were on the grounds!! In all shapes and sizes!

Creating Connections!

Creating Connections!

Kai and his ARTFUL Universe!

Kai and his ARTFUL Universe!

A Spectrum of DIFFERENCE!

A Spectrum of DIFFERENCE!

Community participation warms our HeART! Council member Jorge Marquez AND Senator Ed Hernandez!

Community participation warms our HeART! Council member Jorge Marquez AND Senator Ed Hernandez!

 

Everyone can make a great mark

Everyone can make a great mark

Positively, creatively putting it all together

Positively, creatively putting it all together

Joel Anderson rubbing chalky elbows with Mayor of Covina Walter Allen!

Joel Anderson rubbing chalky elbows with Mayor of Covina Walter Allen!

 

The PAY-OFF!! Seen in Angelo's smile!

The PAY-OFF!! Seen in Angelo’s smile!

So proud to have attracted City of Covina council member Kevin Stapleton to Our festival 2 yrs. and counting...!

So proud to have attracted City of Covina council member Kevin Stapleton to Our festival 2 yrs. and counting…!

 

 

The Goddess Energy of Ms. Keri Bowers!

The Goddess Energy of Ms. Keri Bowers!

Chalk Festival 2013 ...Delegates!Senator Ed hernandez, Mayor of Covina Walter Allen, Kai, Joel Anderson, Shane Mckaskle, Brent Anderson, Chris and Covina city council member Jorge Marquez.

Chalk Festival 2013 …Delegates!
Senator Ed hernandez, Mayor of Covina Walter Allen, Kai, Joel Anderson, Shane Mckaskle, Brent Anderson, Chris and Covina city council member Jorge Marquez.

 

 

 

Everyone needs to know...."Who's Clayton"...because they ROCK!!

Everyone needs to know….”Who’s Clayton”…because they ROCK!!

These musicians really made our day! www.whosclayton.com

These musicians really made our day!
www.whosclayton.com

 

 

Drumming up FUN, LOVE and ACCEPTANCE!

Drumming up FUN, LOVE and ACCEPTANCE!

 

OUR Playdate! The 2nd Saturday EVERY April!!

OUR Playdate! The 2nd Saturday EVERY April!!

Sandy J and Ceirstie M OUR Raffle Angels!!

Sandy J and Ceirstie M OUR Raffle Angels!!

A Silke Heyer ART Bag...full of AutismHWY Love and Acceptance Coloring Books!!

A Silke Heyer ART Bag…full of AutismHWY Love and Acceptance Coloring Books!!

 

Autism Movement Therapy now up her sleeve!!!

Autism Movement Therapy now up her sleeve!!!

Sweet Stuff CREATIONS & Celebrate AUTISM!! Big winners in this crowd!

Sweet Stuff CREATIONS & Celebrate AUTISM!! Big winners in this crowd!

 

 

 

 

Taking away a bushel of FUN!

Taking away a bushel of FUN!

Buckets of LOVE and FUN literally!

Buckets of LOVE and FUN literally!

 

 

 

Jeremy B. always has a lucky number!!

Jeremy B. always has a lucky number!!

 

Like this sweet therapist...The DAY was a sensory WINNER!!

Like this sweet therapist…The DAY was a sensory WINNER!!

Saving the BEST for last. Kevin Rose, lead singer of Who's Clayton WINS the Conga Drum!! PERFECT!

Saving the BEST for last. Kevin Rose, lead singer of Who’s Clayton WINS the Conga Drum!! PERFECT!

 

Huge love and thanks to our wonderful friend and supporter Mr. Jerry O’Brien. Your photographs truly captured OUR DAY! You are a strong uniting force as we lovingly team up to CELEBRATE DIFFABILITIES!  

Jerry O'Brien the huge heart and soul behind the camera!

Jerry O’Brien the huge heart and soul behind the camera!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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