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jasminefabre:

April is autism awareness month, so I’ve made some autism awareness bows and i’ll be donating all of the profit from them to Autism Speaks!
Our first volunteer meeting! What an inspiring group of people! 
I really wish people would stop seeing Autism as a mental “disorder”. It’s a unique way of percieving the world, and it is beautiful. 
Hi! My name is Ariel, and I have Aspergers Syndrome. My parents knew that I was “different” when I was very young.  I would not cling onto them or show affection of any kind. I would go limp in their arms and raise my own, not touching anyone. I was extremely sensitive to certain textures. I would stare at dust bunnies or rotating fans for hours. I hardly talked to anyone because I enjoyed being by myself all the time. I was always considered the “weird” one from a very young age. When I grew older, I was obsessed with Etch-A-Sketches. My mother would tell me how I would make perfect circular patterns on it for hours on end. 
I remember my mother sitting me down when I was about 12 years old, telling me how truly different I was from other people my age.  I took all sorts of cognitive tests and my mother told me that I am a “border-line genius” because I have a very high IQ.  The official diagnosis of Asperger’s was made when I was 13 years old, just a few weeks before entering middle school. It was the three most hellish years of my entire life.  The bullying was merciless, with names like “freak” and “retarded” being said to me on a daily basis. A few people even told me that I should just die, because I would never amount to anything in life, that nobody loved me. I truly began to believe that. 
I am lucky. My parents treated me the same as my normal siblings, and I was able to overcome much of the social issues with having Asperger’s. I still have my moments though. Once I entered high school, the bullying stopped entirely, and people actually began to like me for who I actually am. I now have many friends who love and cherish me. To everyone who is struggling with bullying, things will get better. I promise you that.
I really don’t understand why people put down others who are ‘different’. Society nowadays seems to base a person’s worth on their appearance, intelligence, and their ability to interact with others. If someone falls below that line ( like being overweight, learning disabled, not popular), they’re treated as an outcast and are chastised for it, because having those attributes means that a person won’t amount to anything. Why can’t people just accept the fact that there’s diversity? Perfection is diversity. I couldn’t imagine a world where everyone dressed the same, talked the same, looked the same, and acted the same… it would be so incredibly boring.  Everyone’s beautiful in their own way. It could be someone’s smile, the quirky way they dress, their beliefs, their unique appearance. Everyone has something unique to contribute to society, and it doesn’t have to be having some boring job, and a house, and a car, and a family. It could be exploring the world, creating wonderful works of art, learning about something one’s passionate about. It really could be anything.
What I’m really trying to say is that I’m beautiful. You’re beautiful. Everyone’s beautiful. Why can’t everyone see that? Everyone should see that. You’re all a truly wonderful masterpiece, and a unique tile in the mosaic of mankind. ♥

We, at Autism Counts, come to you with an opportunity to be a part of creating a revolutionary center dedicated to helping teens and young adults with autism. The process to create such a place requires the help of the entire community and this includes YOU. 

First, allow us to briefly describe what we see for our center:


An art studio, accommodating to the needs of those in the autism spectrum
A sensory room, filled with equipment for sensory needs (the hug machine, bubble tubes, etc)
A store that will include educational materials, anti-anxiety and sensory tools, autism awareness merchandise, and art pieces made by the autistic artists (profits of art pieces go directly to the artist)

To accomplish this is a challenge, but it can be done, and you can help! Please show your support by liking us on facebook, following us on tumblr and twitter, and
donating anything you can to our WePay account

 http://www.wepay.com/donate/110822 


http://facebook.com/autismcounts
http://autismcounts.tumblr.com
http://twitter.com/autismcountsinc
http://autismcounts.org
Thank you so much in advance for all your help!
The Autism Counts Staff
Autism Counts is a non-profit organization working to create a center that will contain both a store and art studio that will accommodate to the needs of people with autism. There will also be a Sensory Room with tools and equipment to help with sensory issues. The store will be selling educational materials, sensory tools, autism awareness merchandise, and arts and crafts made by the artists in our studio (should they choose to put their projects up for sale). Please like our fan page and follow our blog to keep updated and learn how you can help!
http://facebook.com/autismcounts
http://autismcounts.tumblr.com
This is my amazing cousin Ryan. In this picture Ryan is on the left next to his brother. Ryan is an amazing 10 years old living with aspergers syndrome, ADD and a mild form of OCD. Just like any other 10 year old Ryan loves swimming, video games, and music. I love Ryan. He is an awesome kid and he just likes to have a good time just as much as anyone else. Though he may do things a little differently than you, he still does basically everything you do but, just in a different way. You see, Ryan can memorize movies, video games, music you name it he most likely knows it. Also, he is awesome at reading and math but, has trouble with communication skills and comprehension of things. Ryan has come a long way from where he was years ago. As a matter of fact Ryan had trouble speaking and expressing himself with words. He often got mad when you could not understand him. Ryan had no idea how to use his words though. With several different therapies Ryan was able to do so. Ryan now is in 4th grade and can say what he wants to say a majority of the time. Though he still has trouble sometimes he can still get his point across. I am overjoyed with how far he has gotten. You see Ryan not only answers your questions he will also ask you a question such as how was your day. That is wonderful. These kinds of things weren’t possible several years ago. Though, Ryan still has some bad days, but don’t we all. I have hope for him. I hope that people no longer look at him differently or treat him as if he is dumb. He isn’t. Ryan is smarter than most kids I know. I just I hope that people don’t refer to him as the autistic boy anymore and so on. I wish Ryan could be treated as if he had no disorder. I know that everyday he is moving forward and becoming the best person he can be. So he will always have a special place in my heart. Please, show people that autism counts. That hundreds and thousands of people are living with autism. That we can change the way people treat and thing about people living with autism. “We need to be the change we expect to see in the world” (Gandi). 
Autism Counts!
This is me and my beautiful 10 year old sister Rachel (: (sorry her eyes are closed she doesn’t like looking at herself in mirrors/webcams and stuff). She was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at the age of three and she has taught me more than anyone else ever can.
Autism Counts!

annieelainey:

Hello, everyone! I’m taking the time to make this post today because Autism Counts Inc. really needs your help!

Autism Counts is in it’s early stages as a non-profit and it’s been quite the muddy climb. As many of you know, my sister, my best friend; Emi, she has moderate/classic autism and she is 20 years old. She inspired this project. We have found that when people with classic/moderate autism have completed school, many of them have to stay home because most social environments do not accommodate to their sensory needs (occasional heightened sense of sight, hearing, and touch) or to their autistic symptoms (anxiety, tantrums, spinning, rocking, etc).

The goal of Autism Counts is to raise enough money to create a local center that accommodates to their needs; it will include an art studio, a sensory room, and a store with educational materials (examples above). Our long-term hope is for the centers to expand, become similar to community centers, but they will embrace and accommodate to people with special needs, as opposed to reprimand and expel. There is no such center in existence and it is desperately needed.

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. The people working on this are starting to lose hope, people need to see that people care. 

autismlinks:

Hugh Ross: Advice for Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome 

Movies, children’s programming, books, text books, all for a bargain! 100% of profits go towards building a center (art studio, sensory room, store, etc) for autistic teens and adults!

Even if you don’t buy anything, you can always donate at our WePay account

LIKE us on Facebook and show your support!

Autism Counts is a non-profit trying to raise money for a center (art studio, sensory room, and store) for teens and young adults with autism. Autism Counts’ aspires to one day have centers all over the country that will adapt to the needs of those within the spectrum. We must start with raising money to build the first one! The smallest donation helps!

DONATE TO AUTISM COUNTS

Please contribute to this important cause!

Reach into your pockets! Any little bit can help! The sooner we can make this center, the sooner it will hopefully spread and we can have centers for teens and adults with autism everywhere!

https://www.wepay.com/donate/110822

Please show your support!

I don’t have autism, but my little brother does!

the-corpse-bride submitted: 

My little sister may also have it! Everyday is a bit of a struggle. My 6 year old brother has what most consider classic Autism (no talking, stuff like that) and ADD. The ADD causes him to pace, and be very defiant. It’s hard to control him. The only person he listens to is grandpa, so when he leaves, we have to take more drastic measures, like unplugging the microwave so he can’t obsess with it. Grandpa can’t really leave without him, or he is in a bad mood, so he has to leave quietly, early if he doesn’t want to take him. He also has a hitting and kicking problem, so he is constantly hurting us. My little sister, 4, lives in her own universe, barely letting anyone else into her world. She talks a little, but most of the time she either sings it, or don’t use it properly. She cries at very wrong times, over very normal things. Her crying upsets Brayden, so when she melts down, they both meltdown.

Autism Counts!

Aiden

His name is Aiden, he’s four and a half, and he’s my son.. 

Aiden was born 2 months premature, unplanned, and born with a happy disposition. We’ve always struggled to get him to focus on anything, but he always smiles. Last year, he was diagnosed with a small account of Autism and Autistic tendencies, so I put him in a special help class at our local elementary school. He’s getting better at being a little more independent.. Of course, he still needs a lot of coaxing now and again, but he’s getting there. He’s just a bright little boy with a lot of struggles; and he’s a geek to the core. I love my little boy. And even though we have hardships, I’m proud of him for taking every step to making his future brighter. I’m also very grateful for friends and family who love and give Aiden the support he needs to keep going. 

Autism Counts!

autismlinks:

Essentials for Educators:High Functioning Autism Asperger Syndrome

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