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Submissions are Ready to be Received for the 5th Annual Autistic Artistic Carnival!!

The Guidelines for this year’s Autistic Artistic Carnival is for every Autistic person to submit their works to be shown on this website on Autistic Pride Day, June 18 is being shown now!!!

Any Autistic person from all AGES can submit their work to me from now until June 16 in the form or art, photography, film, poetry, other writings, music, anime, or any inventions/scientific discoveries they have created. If you want to look at the other works from previous Autistic Artistic Carnival’s, please do so to get some ideas!!!

This carnival will ensure that Autistic CREATIVITY and MINDSET get recognized for ACCEPTANCE and UNDERSTANDING of Autistic people of all ages WORLDWIDE!!!!!!

Please send all emails to Email theamazinJ!

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Autistic Pride Day 2013 and the Autistic Artistic Carnival!!!

Autistic Pride Day this year has been leaning toward feelings about the diversity of Humanity. We are free, we are equal, and we all have our own intelligence. Life is what we make of it. I have spent a whole year starting to find myself more and more. I love who I am, but need to continue my passions of helping, of relaxing, of doing my own art. Life guarantees that it takes a long time to improve our passion. The passion I have created for myself in order to help heal others without feeling stressed and anxious. It will take time. Joyfully emerging through the midst of a bright sunny day where I get to immerse myself in my life, enjoying every minute of it. Today is also my Birthday and I have spent 34 years living my life. Some may say I have been through more in my life than most do in a lifetime by this point. What does that mean? Does it mean my life is over soon? or, Does it really mean I am going to experience more in my life than others have than theirs? I have been through the darkest waters and the brightest rainbows, but never have I ever been through the experiences of love until the past few months. May be it just means I am growing or may be it just means I am dying soon. An angel I am growing to be and an angel I will be. Although the life you breathe in can take a toll on your whole life if you do not sit and smell the flowers walking down the woods. The woods are miles through my path and I am usually running passed everything ready for the finish line I am not really ready for. This year on the 34-35 year of my life, I hope to slow down more, breathe in, and soak it all in more. Love is a word that means nothing unless you feel it in your bones, your heart, and your soul. The spirit within us only lifts us higher when we feel the breeze pushing us forward. What more can a person do when we look backward? We just need to be told ‘move forward’.

The Autistic Artistic Carnival will always be around no matter what even for Autistic Pride Day too. However, Autistic Pride Day is around to stress moving toward acceptance even in the darkest of times when fellow Autistics or any one along on the autism spectrum are murdered just for being on the autism spectrum. We mourn those who have died especially just recently with Alex Spourdalakis, the 14 year old Autistic person who was recently killed. This year the Autistic Artistic Carnival is dedicated to the people like Alex who have been killed by people who were supposed to care for them and love them. We mourn, we care, we love those who have died unnecessarily. Most importantly, we cherish those great many talented people on the autism spectrum who do or did amazing work. I know not everyone submitted their work to me, this being a very small sample of work, but it is a good representation of what can be done by Autistic people.

Love is in the air, so we give love to all of Humanity and beyond on this remarkable planet! I just want to say that this is a rolling Autistic Artistic Carnival so please still submit your wonderful work to me for the next couple of weeks and I will add it on when I get a chance!

Happy Autistic Pride Day!! Having problems so here people can find it here: The CARNIVAL 2013!

OUT, J

Birthdays can turn out to be the opposite of what you intent and what a Great Autistic Pride Day 2011

Birthdays are a celebration, but for a good majority of the birthday, it is a day to reflect on the previous year.  Each day we live to feel happy and inspired to do the many things we feel we can do, but happiness can only be achieved when we give and take love from our inner most self treasure of who we are as a person.  Otherwise we feel shame, guilt, anger, and can’t move on with our lives a way forward.  It is a remarkable journey through our minds to remember this.  Some people may not believe that there is a higher being out there, but that is just their problem to a whole other level.   Pain is indigenous wherever we go.  It is like a knife which twists and turns inside of us stronger and stronger unless we have the strength to pull it out. My Birthday yesterday began as a reflection of the past year and learning about ways to excite and connect to the future. We only live once in a lifetime and need to feel empowered to be who we AUT to be otherwise we feel neglected, shameful, angry, and sad. Autistic Pride Day every year on June 18 is a blessing to help everyone understand, every one not just Neurotypicals, can live their life. People are too conscious to feeling shame, remorse, anger, guilt, and sadness. There is no reason for this. We should be feeling love for why we are here and what we can do to be in this society. Some people on the Autism Spectrum need more help to be in this society. Instead of finding ways to make these people more like others, every one should be starting to connect to these people on the Autism Spectrum who are struggling to be who they are. It is true some people on the Autism Spectrum have many seizures and more sensory problems, but this does not mean they can not succeed. Take a look at people with Tourette Syndrome who become surgeons or people with Epilepsy who can actually do incredible things like teach. The only reason why some people on the Autism Spectrum are not connecting well with people well in to their functional adult lives is because there are other Neurotypical people grieving and not embracing who we are. Every one should be living to conduct the orchestra to sway love and positive forces to help ourselves as well as whoever needs more help from the very beginning to enjoy successes and enjoy life. How can any one sway the orchestra in this direction? By not feeling angry, upset, shame, or guilt… Human beings are people and people are not perfect, but we are here to learn and move forward, not back. I am on the Autism Spectrum, but being on the Autism Spectrum we also have many gifts and have more strengths to give to the world. If you are a parent or a professional, you should know Autism is just a reflection and does not mean we can’t succeed at any one thing. I hope every one learned and enjoyed Autistic Pride Day and look forward to Autistic Pride Day 2012!!

posting more soon,

OUT, J

Autistic Pride Day 2011 and a one on one Chat with Amy Nelson

My friends, Amy Nelson and her husband Gareth, are the founders of Aspies For Freedom, a website forum for people on the Autism Spectrum in which I am a member of. Her and husband are very unique and interesting people to talk to. They have different ways of thinking, a more positive way of thinking about the Autism Spectrum which is why Amy and Gareth created Autistic Pride Day, a day for any one on the Autism Spectrum to get to celebrate the strengths and unique intricacies about being on the Autism Spectrum. While chatting with Amy on Facebook, I asked her questions about Autistic Pride Day.

This is the Q and A with Amy Nelson:

When were you diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum (Aspergers, …)?

I was diagnosed in 1997.

How did you form aspiesforfreedom.com? When did you form the site?

Gareth and I formed the site in 2004, with 2 other aspies we know called Wolfy and Shadow. We wanted to create something proactive and positive, that wasn’t patronising, which many groups were at the time.

What was the idea for Autistic Pride Day on June 18?
The idea for APD was to counter the many negative autism cure events and dates that were happening at the time. We wanted to make something truly positive.

Why ask others to celebrate Autistic Pride?

We want people to enjoy the day any way they choose, including celebrate if they wish.

How can others feel more positive about who they are to celebrate pride in themselves?

It’s a kind of positive self-fulfilling prophecy. I think it’s wonderful that so many people are organizing and celebrating, and that alone makes me feel so happy, to be united with other autistics all around the world.


What is your biggest strength in your life that helps you through each day?

My biggest strength is my strength! Luckily I am very strong, and just keep plodding on through adversity.


Who is/are your hero(s) in your life? What do they do to help you?

I can’t think of a hero that is alive at the moment. But a wonderful inspiration to Gareth and I was our friend, Patty. Sadly she passed away in 2005. She was an amazingly intelligent autistic woman, a great friend and help to us. She is dearly missed.

What is your special interest? What do you like to do?

My main special interest is collecting dolls. I drive everyone crazy going on about them lol.

What positive features do you like about being on the Autism Spectrum?

I am really glad that I can be honest, not be swayed from honesty by trying to impress people and being worried about public appearances, vanity, etc.

How do you use these positive features to move forward in your life?

Hard question, not sure right now.

How do you want to help out other people on the Autism Spectrum?

The main thing I would love to do is to help autistics who are homeless or displaced in temporary accommodation. Having the security of a home is absolutely essential, but housing problems often arise as an issue for autistics at various points in their lives. Homelessness is terrible for anyone, but more so for autistics I feel. Facing the stress of communicating with strangers, moving treasured possessions, having uncertainty, etc. I would much prefer all the money being wasted on researching an impossible and phony cure would be better spent on helping adult autistics, and autistic families who are homeless.

What is success mean to you? Do you believe we can all succeed?

Success is a very personal perception. I can only speak for myself, I take one day at a time otherwise life can be too stressful. Small successes day by day add up to a lot.

How can other people (NT’s) understand people on the Autism Spectrum better?

I wish I knew a definitive answer. The best we can hope for is education, education, education.

Is it possible we can all live harmoniously?

Absolutely. However, world peace is a huge goal that we may never achieve.

Do you think people can really understand that there is no real “normal”?

Not until they experience it. Education, experience, honesty, if someone like Stephen Spielberg came out and admitted he was on the spectrum it would immediately improve millions of our lives. People who have that ability have a duty to act, in my opinion.

What do you look forward to in the future?

Tomorrow and APD!

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Autistic Pride Day 2011 starts today June 18 and like any other Autistic Pride Day beforehand, we need to feel energized to fulfill our unique perspectives, intricacies, and build our self esteem to feel just as proud as any Neurotypical feels. It does not matter who you are and what you like, you really are who you AUT to be!!

More posts coming for Autistic Pride Day June 18 as well as The Second Annual Autistic Artistic Carnival!!

OUT, J