Michael McCreary may only be eighteen years old, but he’s already well on his way to fulfilling his lifelong, albeit short, dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. The young comic, a high school student in Orangeville, Ontario, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of five. In an act of self-preservation, combined with the desire for constant attention and the inability to stop talking, stand-up comedy seemed inevitable. Visit Michael's website, 'Aspiecomic,' to learn more and support his upcoming tour.
Artist Tyler Holgate is generously donating a portion of the sales of his beautiful drawing, "The Dragon" to Autism Society Canada. A big thank you to Tyler for helping us to raise awareness of autism in Canada!!
I was in love with the dragon voiced by Sean Connery in the film DragonHeart (dir. Rob Cohen, Universal Pictures 1996). My fascination with his reptilian, and scaly physical appearance is what inspired me for this artwork.
I wish to contribute part of the sales of this artwork to Autism Society Canada. I feel that autism is a condition that is not recognized enough in our society. As a person who has lived with this condition, I believe the awareness of autism needs to be more profound for future research. It is with this proper research that one day a cure can possibly be found or it can be prevented.
The Dragon is dedicated to all those who live with autism. Visit Tyler's website to place your order now.
To support ASC and Autism Awareness, Matthew Kitchen is volunteering his time to make necklaces and bracelets on his Rainbow Loom!
Matthew is an 11 year old volunteer with an ASD. He will be selling his Autism Awareness jewelry in stores in the Orillia and Barrie Ontario area with proceeds going to Autism Society Canada. So watch for Matthew's Rainbow Loom creations and show your support today!
Shawn Belanger, a Canadian artist living with Autism, will exhibit his work Figurative Realms at the Agora Gallery in New York during the month of June. Learn more about the artist and his work at the gallery website.
Those Who Will Not See, by Laurn Woodcock, illustrated by Sarah Hill (Createspace 2013). A young boy's life path is changed forever when he receives the diagnosis every parent fears. Matthew Pickering has always known that he is different. Loud noises never seem to pierce other people's ears the way they do his, or bright lights burn their eyes as intensely as they do his own ...
Ballet Helps Autistic Girl Connect to the World Around Her. Wendy Gillis, thestar.com, December 25, 2013: The Nutcracker score still playing in her head, Clara Bergs hummed, danced and conducted on the subway platform, awaiting the train.
Artist Coping with Autism makes it Big. Peter Imbong, Rappler Arts and Culture, September 8, 2013: "Just before we came back here to the Philippines, there was a gentleman in Vancouver who's an art collector and saw his painting in the studio," recalled Mari Zel Tan, mother of abstract artist, J.A. Tan ...
Bethlehem F.I. Productions - Monster Mash / Gangnam Style "Official Music Video" [YouTube]. Check this video out! These are the special needs kids at Bethlehem High School In Saskatoon performing a cover version of Monster Mash in full Halloween fashion! The production is stellar, and represents a great example of inclusion and the amazing capabilities of specials needs students!
Autcards is a small business run through the partnership of Art for Autism and Seeds for Autism in Phoenix, Arizona. Autcards sells art by people on the spectrum, and returns a portion of each card sale to the artist and an organisation which provides services to people with Autism.
Autistic Boy's Mum finds Comfort in Art. Jane Harrison, Ealing Gazette, August 16, 2013: A mother who gave up her career to teach her autistic son at home has now produced astonishing works of art which charts the most challenging journey of her life.
"I was recently asked to write a story about a hero of mine. My neighbour immediately came to mind. She walks with her autistic son past my house at exactly the same time, taking exactly the same route, every day. She is quiet, unassuming and the most unselfish person I know. This story honours all caregivers of autistic children and is dedicated to the hero in all of you. " Sincerely, Wendy de Feydeau. [Download PDF]
School Daze — Autism Goes to School by Dr. Sharon A. Mitchell (Amazon Digital Services 2012) now available for Kindle and other devices. After suddenly receiving custody of his five year old son, Ben must learn how to be a dad. That fact that he'd even fathered a child was news to him. Not only does this mean restructuring his sixty-hour work week and becoming responsible for another human being, but also Kyle has autism. [Read more]
Dot by Joshua Dyer (Amazon Digital Services 2012) available for the Kindle. A little dot feels that he should be more than he is in life. He goes on a journey of discovery to become a knot, a slot and even a slingshot. In the end, Dot finds that being himself is the best decision.
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova (Simon and Schuster 2012). Love Anthony is about two women, each on the verge of change, who meet by accident on a Nantucket beach. Olivia is a young mother coping with the loss of her young autistic son. Beth, a stay-at-home mom of three, is struggling with a separation after discovering her husband's long-term infidelity. Determined to find her own voice again, she rekindles a passion for writing. But curiously as she does so, Beth finds herself channeling the voice of an unknown autistic boy. [Visit Lisa Genova's Web Page].
Teen with Autism Tells Her Story. CTV News, March 26, 2012: A Toronto teenager with severe autism whose remarkable and touching story CTV News has followed since 2008 has co-authored a book -- "Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism" -- with her father.
Drawing Autism (mbp) by Jill Mullin now available as a paperback. Drawing Autism celebrates the artistry and self-expression found in the drawings, paintings, and collages created by people diagnosed with autism. The work of over fifty contributors exhibits an array of unique perspectives on how these individuals see the world and their places in it.
Cork Paintings for UN Autism Stamps. Fiona Gartland, Irish Times.com, February 1, 2012: A stamp being issued by the UN to mark World Autism Day is to feature the work of an Irish artist ...
Ottawa School of Speech and Drama: Registration now open for Winter 2012.
Joel Yanofsky Makes Short List for B.C. Award. The Monreal Gazette, December 9, 2011: Montreal writer Joel Yanofsky has been named to the short list for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for 2012.
Trueman Bradley - Aspie Detective, Alexei Maxim Russel (Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2011). Trueman Bradley - Aspie Detective is a fantasy adventure that will capture the imagination of anyone interested in Asperger's Syndrome.
Architecture and Autism [PDF]. Simon Humphreys, Autism Europe Link, No. 55, June 2011. My late brother Mark was autistic and I noted the things that affected him, such as bright light, unpredicatble sounds and heat, as well as his obsession with detail over the bigger picture, order, sameness, stimulation, stability and calm ...
In collaboration with the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre – Westboro’s Ottawa School of Speech and Drama (OSSD) continues its innovative new drama program specifically geared to meet the needs and abilities children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum this winter session starting in January. [Read more PDF].
Ben Simcoe of Abbotsford Makes an Impression. Vikki Hopes, Abbotsford News, September 30, 2011: A genetic condition that has often been a challenge for Ben Simcoe of Abbotsford has also spurred a unique talent.
Movies Just for Autistic Children. Carmen Juri, The Star Ledger, September 27, 2011: Taking an autistic child to the movies can be a challenge, Marianne Ross learned early on.
Artist Hopes Autism Installation Prompts Ppeople to Reassess Fortune. Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal, August 25, 2011: In a tiny gallery in West Marin, an avalanche of 1,000 red and white folded pieces of paper is slowly disappearing as visitors take the "fortune tellers" home with them one by one, along with a better understanding of children and families dealing with the challenges of autism.
Broadway's 'The Lion King' Puts on Show Just for Autistic Kids, Families. Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press, August 17, 2011: Families of autistic children have a new place to engage their sons and daughters — Broadway.
The Ottawa School for Speech and Drama: An acting school for children, youth, and adults which now offers a special program for individuals with ASD.
Support the production of Markus, a film project by Erika and Jon Huff: Markus is the story of young man who thought he knew exactly where his life was going and how it was going to get there... he was wrong. Inspired by real events in the life of the Writing/Directing team, Jon and Erika Huff, this funny and heartwarming story is aimed to inspire, educate, and raise awareness about autism.
Saskatoon Author in Running for Award. The Star Phoenix, March 12, 2011: Author Beverley Brenna of Saskatoon is on the shortlist for the Canadian Library Association Young Adult book award. In her new book, Waiting for No One, Brenna tells the story of Taylor Jane Simon as she makes her way through life with Asperger's Syndrome.
Montreal Neuro Film Series. A free screening of Rainman will be hosted by Gabriel Leonard, PhD on Thursday, March 24, 2011 (6:30 pm). Dr. Leonard is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.
Film Review - Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. A.O. Scott, The New York Times, September 9, 2010: The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who died at 50 in 1982, has been a figure of fascination since he burst onto the classical music scene...
Main Line Native's Play Deals with Challenges of Autism. Ruth Rovner, Mainline Media News, July 20, 2010: “Love and Communication” has an ambitious theme: it focuses on the struggles of a husband and wife after their son is diagnosed with autism.
Gold Dust Kids in the Superstitions, Nancy Lee Bausch (iUniverse.com 2010) [Book]. Gold Dust Kids in the Superstitions is a suspense novel featuring a plot that revolves around disabled children at a ranch for equine-assisted therapy in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. This book has humor, thrills, and a focus on the abilities and sensitivities of the disabled children, all with a southwestern flavor and the mystery of the Lost Dutchman Mine at the forefront.
Super Noele and Other Fun Stories, Andrew Read-Percival [Book]. At the age of 3½ Andrew was diagnosed with Autism. This collection of stories is intended as a celebration, a way of sharing what is possible and of giving you an insight into the creativity and humour that make Andrew who is is.
Autism Song "Driven to Distance," A Sensory Journey through Autism. Pediatric Neuropsychology Child Development Centre.