Our Nonprofit’s Origin Story Begins with a Boy in a Cape

It began with a boy in a cape. He looks like any other boy but his brain is wired differently. So the kids at school and the people in his community treated him differently, and not in a good way. They were “aware” of autism, but they didn’t understand it. “Better to ignore him,” they thought. “Or make fun of him.” And the boy hid behind his cape and said, “I guess I just don’t matter.” This was my son’s story but sadly it’s a universal experience when you are on the autism spectrum. Marginalized, stigmatized, bullied and isolated, so many … [Read more...]

We’re Partnering with The Mighty!

We're thrilled to announce a new partnership that will bring our resources in front of The Mighty's wide-reaching readership. We will now have a growing home page on The Mighty and appear on many stories on the site. The Mighty is a story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder, mental illness and disability. More than half of Americans are facing serious health conditions or medical issues. They want more than information. They want to be inspired. The Mighty publishes real stories about real … [Read more...]

How Can We Bring You a World of Support?

We're igniting hearts and opening minds so autistic individuals have every opportunity in this world to shine! Our personal and nonprofit's mission comes from our passion to help others who are on an autism journey. Today we're reaching out to find out how we can bring you a world of support through our online autism community. Will you take 5 minutes to complete our survey? Your feedback is important and your opinion matters. To show you our thanks, we'll enter you into our $25 Amazon Gift Card Gratitude drawing. A random winner will be … [Read more...]

A Mighty Mission to Educate and Empower!

Find out the inspiration behind an organization that aims to educate and empower. BY Ingrid Simone, Toca Boca Executive Editor Article originally published in Toca Boca Magazine When Jodi Murphy’s son, Jonathan, was 9, he would pace in the corner, have one-way conversations and avoid eye contact. Now, at age 29, Jodi says, “he’s a guy who can command the stage, make you laugh, entertain and engage you with a twinkle in his eye.” It hasn’t been an easy road. Jonathan has Asperger syndrome. Jodi’s years of advocating for and supporting … [Read more...]

Autism Awareness Month: Using Technology to Tell the Story of Autism

Today kicks of autism awareness month and I was interviewed for the 17th issue of the NTEN: Change journal. The issue focuses on “Digital Inclusion and Technical Divides.” There is a range of perspectives from those at the forefront of bridging the digital divide: schools, libraries, city governments, and nonprofit organizations. We're one of them! Here's the editor's preview of my interview: One in 68 children are diagnosed with autism, and the public’s understanding of autism is shrouded in mystery and misperception, leaving the … [Read more...]

Our Autism Advocacy, Education and Empowerment in 2014

We're taking a look back at 2014 so we can move forward in 2015. What a year! What began as an idea turned into an autism app in 2013 then became our autism advocacy (an initiative for change) at the beginning of 2014 which transformed into a 501(c)3 autism charity! Wow! As a family with a loved one on the autism spectrum, we wanted to use our creative talents and positive attitudes to help other autism families. In his own words, here is my son Jonathan's autism story of hope. He is the inspiration behind our founding Geek Club … [Read more...]

Valued: Making the World an Inclusive Place

By Elaine Dai [Tweet "Valued and included starts with valuing and including, and that's something ALL of us can do http://igg.me/at/autism-story-app"] I read an article today about Gap’s new ad for its autumn kids’ collection, which features a girl with cerebral palsy, in a wheel-chair. Special needs parents are applauding the ad, saying that the more people see children with disabilities in ads, television, and the media, the more they will be seen by others like any other kid, and included, like any other kid. This really … [Read more...]

A Few of Our Favorite Perks

We're one week into our Indiegogo campaign that will fund our next autism story app, Mighty League Vol. 2: The Terrible Taunting. This is our next step for our 501c3 charity. When you contribute, you will be expanding our app library for autism education and growing our empowerment programs for autistic children and adults. And for your generosity we have come up with some crazy cool perk packages. To see them all, go straight over to our campaign.  Like Oprah, we have our favorites... NEW PERK! In honor of October Bully Awareness … [Read more...]

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. 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 … [Read more...]