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Heart of Autism

This is a post by Beck Miller, mom to 12-year-old Max who has autism. Max was nonverbal until the age of six and learned how to read and write at age 10. He now has his own traveling art show, Insight into the Autistic Mind, that explains what life is like on the spectrum through art and essays.

This Heart of Autism post is written by Ann Kagarise, the Assistant Director at IDEA House Educational Services, a published author, a journalist, an amazing photographer, a counselor, a volunteer in her community. She also happens to be on the autism spectrum! Below is a beautiful poem written by Ann about her experiences as a woman on the spectrum teaching students with autism: "There is no other place I would rather be than at a school that ‘gets’ me."

"My name is Grant Manier, I am an author, artist and special needs advocate. I have autism and I consider my autism a gift…I have become a voice for those you cannot hear and I lead by example for those you cannot understand.  I am doing my part to teach environmental responsibility and raising the awareness of special needs talents through my gift as an Eco-Impressionist.”

This Heart of Autism post tells the story of Bill Franklin, a talented and generous 19-year-old jewelry designer on the autism spectrum. In the post below, his mother Linda shares his story with us. 

Candy Waters Autism Art Inspires The World!

This Heart of Autism blog post is written by Robert and Sandy Waters, parents of Candy Waters, a talented 12-year-old painter who inspires the autism community in so many ways! Half of the proceeds from the sales of Candy’s beautiful paintings go to helping others with autism fulfill their dreams of becoming artists.

           My name is Chloe Rothschild. I am a young adult who has PDD-NOS. I am on a mission to help advocate for autism so that I can teach others what autism is like from my perspective, in order to help them understand autism better, so that they are better able to help individuals who have autism better. I write for Special-ism, and Squag, have my own blog: