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Visionary Wish List

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We here at AutismHWY.com feel very blessed as we reflect on the year that was 2014. We are now 4 yrs. old as a visionary website and we feel a positive force for change. AutismHWY has always seen the future!!  It is bright and full of transformation for this world. In these first few years of our on-line ”life” we have witnessed a lot of fantastic movement in many positive directions. People demanding that the Autism hysterics and the othering of Autistic people— just stop. Autistic people know how they feel and have real and effective strategies for Autistic people and their families.

 

Families and friends of Autistic people are joining in by amplifying their voices, creating events and conferences to centerpiece their messages. Their first hand knowledge and experience; being Autistic. Voices for pragmatic change joining forces. Voices not listening to outlandish messages of pain, tragedy, unresolvable despair and pity. Voices with practical solutions to complex problems. Voices filled with love and not fear. The Autistic voice. So on point and now accessable. Ready to be heard and implemented. It is time to listen. Please do. Resolve to always.

 

 

We have had our vision of Autism all along. In 2010 we came on-line with our beliefs that it is natural and is indeed a very important piece of the human condition we all need to know about. That Autistic people are integral to creation and have been all along. Understanding and respecting the dynamics at play within the human mind is crucial to inter-relationships for ALL PEOPLE in every society. Autism clues people into all of that and more. AutismHWY.com has always seen that bigger picture now coming more and more into focus for everyone.

 

We wanted a website for Autistic people to connect

 

 

We wanted loving information for children about Autism

 

 

We envisioned a Chalk Festival and a loving gathering to celebrate people on the Spectrum 

 

 

We knew it was something that we needed. That we deserved. Not another pity party to twist public perceptions to raise funds. An Art party to raise friendships, spirits and acceptance. NO WALKING in circles of shame. No declaring war on Autism. No wallowing on self imposed sadness. Chalking ourselves into our community in real ways. Allowing the community to meet and greet Autistic people to dispel the misperceptions. Enjoying ourselves out in the community where we belong! With the city of Covina and the partnership of  numerous Autistic people, families, friends and organizations we have met that VISION! Autism Movement Therapy    The Art of Autism, The Gifts of Autism Joel’s VisionArts our hats are off to YOU!! Thank you for believing in AutismHWY’s vision.

 

In January 2014 we urged minds to be wide open to the Autistic voice in our blog titled “Minds Open:2014″ As we have now come full circle into January and already into February of 2015 we believe that steps in this direction are happening. However, we have grown beyond mere ”baby steps” and hope that Autistic inside info will become a full on gallop as we head to people seeing “OUR” Big Picture in 2020! 2020 vision will mean getting information straight from…the source! 100%!!

 

Our Visionary Wish List continues…..

 

1. Autistic activists and scholars will form a union that can be consulted by all agencies.

2. Non-Profits will be barred from disparaging the lives of the families they raise money to “assist” and will be mandated to include Autistic people on their board of advisory directors.

3. Experts on Autism will not be deemed an expert without gathering facts from Autistic people.

4. All people will be respected and valued in life regardless of the high productivity standards that are considered normal.

 

We don’t ask for a lot: SOCIAL JUSTICE for Autistic People!

We can make it happen: THIS YEAR, THIS DECADE!

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Chalked Under the Sea

For the 4th year in a row I have enjoyed a quick trip to the coastal town of Carpinteria for chalking purposes! Chalk Art is truly an infectious occurrence. Everyone should try it!

People, pavement, pastels = POWERFUL!

On the first Friday in September, Carpinteria has hosted an informal chalk art expression happening at the delightful seal fountain! In 2011 (pic below) I was lucky enough to meet the owner of Curious Cup Bookstore, Kiona Gross  and we forged a nice, colorful partnership. I had a blast chalking up her unique store logo!  The Making Friends with Autism coloring books first appeared in her bookstore and we will be here to support her with our brand of positivity as she seeks her new store locale within Carpinteria city limits!Chalk one up...for the good-guys!!

 

Kiona and clipboard surrounded by Carp's great Non -profit orgs!

Kiona and clipboard surrounded by Carp’s great Non -profit orgs!

 

We know how needed her store is for empowering Carpinteria’s youth with knowledge and the passion to explore this planet’s diversity through amazing books. We are sure that the universe will catapult her great mission to a safe space for learning soon.

Kiona hosted many Art of Autism events at her great shop from film screenings to book signings and art receptions! She has also done a lot to keep the first Friday chalk the walk vibrant in these last few years and yesterday was no exception! Carpinteria’s non-profit organizations were all on scene to create street art magic. It was a nice turn-out and an artful way to raise funds for these organization’s great missions!  Take a look:

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I decided to chalk up a Mermaid spelling out Carpinteria. while holding the town’s beloved Avocado and the area’s splendid crop of grapes! Such a FUN PROCESS….

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PEACE~LOVE & GUACAMOLE….

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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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“Pos~Autism” Book signing!

This Saturday, September 15th at 3 p.m. I am getting an early Birthday present! A slot for AutismHWY, Making Friends with Autism , The Art of Autism, Joel’s Vision Arts and Celebrate Autism to share center-stage at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena California!  A Southern California icon serving the community for 118 yrs. Growing up here in the San Gabriel Valley I am very proud to have this chance! I hope you will come out and JOIN US.

Join us for a chance to talk about Autism and meet some people thriving with it…Discover books describing the daily challenges the many talents,the comical moments and most importantly the hopes and dreams of acceptance and inclusion!

 

I will be sharing my Coloring Books: “Making Friends with Autism” and “Why Does Wyatt Do That?” PLUS previewing our new addition: MFWA “Awareness Every Month” Coloring Pages.  Which will be coming soon! Teaching Brain Awareness on the AutismHWY!

 

Debra Hosseini will be on hand with her fabulous book The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions. A visually stunning collection of Art created by 77 Artists on the Autism Spectrum. Hear about the Artists personal journey and see the inspiration of their work! Such an uplifting movement and most likely the largest collaboration of Spectrum Artists Internationally! Quite a mosaic of talent! Please come and be awed! All of you Artists out there on the spectrum: come out and meet a true champion for your cause! 

We are so proud to be joined by Joel Anderson! Artist, Advocate deluxe! Joel has many accomplishments and projects that never cease to slow down. He is on a mission to help Autistic children be understood and loved for who they are! He is an exceptional role model for all of us! Joel is available to speak publicly to any and all that need useful Awareness tools!! Schools, Communities and Families can all benefit from Joel’s good will and talent! Soon Joel will be traveling to Canada for a 3rd yr. in a row! In 2010 he became an ANCA Int’l Naturally Autistic People Award recipient for his excellence in Community Service. In 2011 he returned as a Host and Performer during the fantastic 3-day event. Next month he will return as an Ambassador for these excellent Awards joining the ranks of Temple Grandin! This young man has alot to offer the Autism Community you really won’t want to miss a chance to meet him and his creative business partner /Mom~Sandi!

Topping all of that will be Linda Gund Anderson sharing the literal mind of Autism and it’s “Unintentional Humor”!! In her hilarious book of the same name! Linda and her son Brent are Advocates and leaders in this positive movement ‘spectrum families’ are making! Working resource and information fairs, conferences and more criss-crossing across the entire country! Founder’s of the website www.celebrateautism.com Linda and Brent are a great team in our knowledge building efforts as we share our perspective from the AutismHWY!! See you  all this Saturday!

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