Onward Geek Club Books – The Next Steps

What began as a creative project inspired by my son, has turned into a movement for change and empowerment.

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For almost two years I’ve been working on Geek Club Books. What started as a creative brainstorm, has turned into a 501c3 charity on a mission to profoundly change how the world views autism. We use app technology to engage and tell real stories from our own family’s experiences to entertain children while educating them about autism.

Research shows that narrative has a powerful impact on the brain, so our autism stories elicit empathy and affect change. And our first app did just that…

Parents, kids, educators and app reviewers say our first app, Mighty League, Vol. 1: The Terrible Taunting, encourages acceptance and understanding.  Jonathan received a Temple Grandin award for sharing his life experiences in such a creative and positive way.

And as a charity, we go ‘beyond our own stories’ through new initiatives and programs that give autistic individuals and their families a platform and audience for expressing their hopes, dreams, successes and struggles.

I am unendingly proud of my mom for taking a risk by taking her idea and turning it into a movement, connecting people in solidarity and advocacy, giving a voice to an under-served community, and providing resources and a place for everyone to share their stories. 

∼ Molly Murphy, Mighty League Author

You can help us grow and expand…

Now that we have our tax exempt status, I am excited to expand our story app library for autism acceptance and grow our empowerment programs for autistic children and adults. And YOU can be a part of making that happen.

Mighty League Autism Story App and Beyond!

We are funding our next autism story app, the Mighty League Vol. 2: The Horrible Hug on Indiegogo. Our $10,000 campaign goal will result in a galactic autism story app but we’re reaching for the stars and hoping to travel well past that goal so we can add common core curriculum, a printed version of the story, and expand our autistic writers platform and Mighty League kids’ empowerment program.

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In our apps, the reader gets to choose the gender of the main character.

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The characters embark on a journey to an alien planet…a brand new school…an overwhelming, fear-of-the-unknown experience for any child…amplified when you are on the autism spectrum. But the captains of the U.S.S. Mighty League soon discover that these alien’s “horrible hugs” are welcoming and a sign of acceptance. And once again, this tale comes straight from my son’s past.

Will you take a few minutes to check out the campaign? 

Here’s the video overview:

As a bonus, there are great rewards and surprises for everyone who gets involved with the campaign:

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Stories engage. Stories connect. And our autism stories and empowerment programs through creative self expression are making a positive impact. Together, we can profoundly change the way the world views autism…one story at a time.

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About Jodi Murphy

I am the founder of Geek Club Books, autism storytelling through mobile apps for awareness, acceptance and understanding. My mission is to use the art of storytelling and technology to entertain and educate for the social good. I am a 'positive' autism advocate, mother of an awesome adult on the autism spectrum, lifestyle journalist, and marketing specialist.

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  1. Hi
    I’m very interested in your project! We recently started a school autistic teens who have never been able to access a general education because of autism related movement and sensory differences and unreliable communication. Our students are non-speaking, but have much to say. They have access to communication in our school to help them reliably communicate what they know and interact with each other and our teacher.

    I’m curious…did your son write/type/communicate his story directly, or did you write it based on his experiences?

    Thanks!

    • My daughter writes our stories because she has her brother’s heart. My son does all the narration because voices and acting is what he does best. Your school sounds wonderful. I would love to feature a collection of their work if they are interested.

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