Painting for Autism – Anchoring a Dream

May 15, 2013

Communication is one of the biggest challenges for someone with autism.  Even if you’re shy, or unable to find the right words, we at least know how it’s done.  But with autism, it’s like becoming lost trying to follow a jumble of lines on a map.

Productive, positive relationships.  That’s the basis for the Anchoring a Dream project in Pasadena, at a place called Villa Esperanza.  Basically, I painted an interactive mural.  Its surface is reusable.  Kids can take communication outside the classroom, practice sharing their dreams and ideas by painting directly into the clouds of the mural.

Dreaming

One day I came to the mural and found this wheelchair, where a child with ambulatory difficulties had wanted to sit here a while, perhaps dreaming of possibilities.

When it came time for the mural unveiling, I was floored!  The kids and teachers came out, talked about the mural and gave me this amazing thank you card.  (That’s me in the pic, flanked on either side by my ultra-proud mom and dad.)  Best of all, I got to see the mural in action.  The kids had already drawn a rainbow and put the word “Autumn” on the sail of the mural’s paper boat.

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Posing with my parents, with a Villa Esperanza baseball cap, a beautifully framed certificate, and this awesome thank you card that the kids had made!

My mom was so taken by the whole experience that she decided to write an article.  Yes, of course, because that’s what moms do best!  Well, she also wanted to try out Facebook’s “notes” feature, and I suppose that I helped a little bit.  For this unique behind-the-scenes look, check out Anchoring a Dream.

Or support the kids by making a donation at Villa Esperanza.  They’ve been around for over 5o years supporting individuals with developmental disorders.  Be sure to put “Anchoring a Dream” in the box that says “How did you hear about us?”

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Who or what is the Psychic Star Division?

April 26, 2012

They posted a creepy video on youtube:

Apocalyptic vision?  Or sophisticated community college prank?

“The photosynthetic world is collapsing,” cautions a poem that accompanies the video, leaving the rest up to us to decide what to do with our day.  Creepy!

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