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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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UNITING Abilities!

Recently AutismHWY.com & www.makingfriendswithautism.com/ appeared at California’s GREAT AMERICA Themepark. Disabilities Awareness Day! The weather was brilliant and the patrons were in a great mood to hear about DIVERSITY!  Wow~My kind of day! Getting out into the community to explain Autism to folks is something I was born to do…that much is now clear to me. Everyone that is attracted to my booth has an earful coming!! I love that San Fransisco’s main themepark is so cool to hold this event at this time of year. Awareness is something that must be carefully cultivated everyday, not just in April. So often when you are talking to people about Autism they assume you are seeking a donation. People were surprised that with AutismHWY.com and ANCA  www.naturallyautistic.com  that is just NOT the case.

We , along with many others aim to merge into mainstream America, Canada, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, New Zealand …and to any other region we can! COMMON UNDERSTANDING needs to be the rule…and the acception! Understanding Autism on useful levels will create the acceptance we desire. The more one examines a  “so-called disability”…the more one understands there own abilities or dis~abilities! WE ALL HAVE THEM!! It is funny how the word NORMAL just no-longer applies to life! To me it has become nothing more than a mundane description. I still love the quote from the Aspie”American Idol finalist.” “Different IS the new normal” Right on  target~ James Durbin. Being an Aspie from Santa Cruz California…he hits the BULLSEYE with that one!

I met another young man  from that neck of the woods Jake Dunbar. He was  manning the booth for the company he works for www.abilitiesunited.org . It  was really impressive to see someone like him “getting it!” That we all need to be in service to others. A very thoughtful young person making a career supporting adults that need inclusion. This weekend he will  be working, helping his clients enjoy a day of watersports “Aquathon!” If more people realized that we all need to pool our resources this world would be a better place! The abled and not as abled hand in hand working together.What a powerful work force that will be! We will learn lots more about Abilites United later….

I see a future with companies harnessing  these differing abilities  of people, by pairing diverse workers together for one job! The Autistic mind joined with the Neuro-typical mind…talk about a kaleidoscope of ideas!! Just like the old adage claims…”TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE” I believe it with all that I am. If the United States wants to create jobs…here you go Washington D.C. we have a multi-minded work force just waiting to get to know each other.  Help us educate the world, unite us and put us to work!!

So, as I thought about the name of Jake’s employer…it occured to me. ” Uniting Abilities”~Exactly what we will be doing annually at our upcoming 2nd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL NATURALLY AUTISTIC PEOPLE AWARDS & CONVENTION! Uniting the talents, strengths and abilities of an amazing population of people. People that have been marginalized and treated as if they were on the side-lines of life. The world has wrongly assumed that they are not in the game. Our upcoming AWARDS & CONVENTION will show the world quite the contrary!! We are here we have ABILITIES … and we are proudly grouping together to celebrate this fact!! Learn about Autism and UNITE with us!!

The weekend of September 23rd, 24th and 25th there will be a huge cast of characters in Vancouver Canada dispelling  MYTHS!! Talents all over the map…FROM all over the map. It will be so amazing when the whole world is clued in!

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Chalking Up AWARENESS!

Well…I have been at it again!! I love this opportunity to put my talents to good work! This past weekend I traveled to Carpinteria California to create some ART!! This wonderful beach community just south of Santa Barbara has become a new favorite spot  for AutismHWY, www.makingfriendswithautism.com/ and I this year!!

The Curious Cup Bookstore has been proudly displaying our “Making Friends with Autism” Coloring Book this summer…thankyou for that Kiona Gross and company! We are so honored to be affiliated with your fantastic shop and town!! Beautiful scenery, weather and people. What could be better?

A chalk art event!! That’s what!  Girls Inc. of Carpinteria held just that…and I was there…NATURALLY! Doing my thing under the summer sun!! How FUN!! Talking to passer-bys about my ART and the meaning behind it…..Coloring Perceptions through Positive Imagery. Giving folks the TOOLS to ease fears and erase stigmas that have been assigned to AUTISM! Shifting and changing. EVOLVING!!

As we shape information and attitudes for those UNAWARE. I am having …the time of my life!! 

Creating the Curious Cup bookstore logo  in chalk was the least I could do for the amazing support the Autistic Community recieves from Kiona and her delightful bookstore!! Earlier this year Debra Hosseini’s amazing book “The Art of Autism” and its artists were recieved and showcased! Beautiful all the way around! The Author herself, the works of ART and the amazing stories each Artist has to SHARE!! Awesome job Debbie your amazing energy and fantastically talented Autistic son Kevin are Carpinteria superstars in our book!  

Creating public perceptions can be uplifting…engaging people with stories of Autism understanding and how humanity can learn so much from the Autistic Mind has become my NEW CAREER…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!! Thankyou to ALL of my Awareness Angels……! I believe we are a most formidable ARMY!! Battle on!!

And…CHALK ONE UP…for The ‘GOOD~GUYS’!!

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