Seeing the Beauty in Autism

By Darcel White, The Mahogany Way Beauty may not be a word people use when talking about Autism. Living with a child on the spectrum can be challenging at times. Our lives are like the best roller coaster, full of hills and twists and turns, excitement one minute and terrified the next. Finding and seeing the beauty in autism can be hard when your life consists of various therapies, your child only eats four things, doesn't go to sleep until 2am, or wakes at 3am every.single.night. You're sleep deprived, you're doing your part for … [Read more...]

Autism Employment and the EIN

Editor’s Note: Paula Powers is a single mom raising a young autistic son. Our family’s story about starting Geek Club Books inspired her to want to start her own company to employ autistic adults. She wants to part of the movement to empower through meaningful autism employment! Starting a company is no small undertaking. There are highs and lows, milestones reached and setbacks too—it takes patience, persistence and determination to make it happen. Since Paula is starting at ground zero, we asked her to chronicle her journey as we can all … [Read more...]

Autistic Artist: Joshua Hartzler’s Story

Meet Joshua Hartzler, a self-taught autistic artist living in Kansas City. He goes to a day program for adults with disabilities that functions as an art studio. It's here that Joshua is exploring his talent, expanding his horizons and establishing himself in the art world. As a mildly Autistic Artist I'm compared to a sponge soaking up all information around me. My art is a direct reflection of my observational quality. I draw inspirations from characteristics of people, animals and places I exam in in real life, read about in books, … [Read more...]

Autism Small Business: Stalemate

Editor’s Note: Paula Powers is a single mom raising a young autistic son. Our family’s story about starting Geek Club Books inspired her to want to start her own company to employ autistic adults. She wants to part of the movement to empower through meaningful employment! Starting a company is no small undertaking. There are highs and lows, milestones reached and setbacks too—it takes patience, persistence and determination to make it happen. Since Paula is starting at ground zero, we asked her to chronicle her journey as we can all learn from … [Read more...]

What to Expect and Accept

By Cyndi Frisch The birth of a child is one of life's most special moments, whether it was planned or not, God gave most of us nine months to get ready for the one thing that will change our lives more than anything else. In the eyes of all new parents, their children are perfect in every way. We take them home in the new cars seat we bought to protect them...because that is our job, to protect them from everything bad in this world. Sleepless nights and countless dirty diapers consume our first few months at home, but soon our babies … [Read more...]

What’s One More?

By Cyndi Frisch In life there are very few spoken words that are truly life changing. Thirty eight years ago I stood in front of family, friends and God and promised to love my husband until death do us part. I said 'I do' and I still do. Those words were a vow, a commitment to God, they were important to me. Until 13 years ago those were the most important words I ever declared, until I said, "what's one more?" I was 43, my husband was 48 and we were living in the down-sized home we purchased to live out our golden years...the years with … [Read more...]

Ian Weller: His Autism Through Poetry

Autistic Ian Weller writes poetry. He started in high school as his way to communicate the emotions and feelings he couldn't express in public...he calls it his 'life poetry.' His nickname, Professor Weller, lovingly came from the school's staff who recognized his gift of verse. Ian has assembled a selection of his work from 2007 through 2012 in a collection entitled, Peace and Redemption Darkness Into Light.  I'm pleased to be able to share two poems from his collection. He is a creative spirit with a deep soul. Keep writing Ian! And … [Read more...]