Hi5! Numerous factors point to the relevance of individuals with Autism. One vital aspect is how, what, why, when, where and how often we spend money or cause money to be spent. People living on the Autism Spectrum and their families, friends, groups, clubs, organizations, independent businesses, supporters and advocates are ALL consumers. We can be quite focused. We can advocate until laws are changed. We are experts at raising awareness. We can be a marketers dream target group or a P.R. nightmare! Many are beginning to realize the positive and productive economic impact of individuals living on the Autism Spectrum.
AUTsumers (consumers who are autistic) are a force to be reckoned with!
AUTsumers embrace the principles of traditional consumers: we know what we want and need and will not settle for less. We make our demands known. We understand supply and demand. Therefore, we consciously share that we are driven by our Autism-related lifestyle. Thus, our spending habits reflect who we are - - - AUTsumers!
AUTsumers significant consumers who purchase essentials such as household items, 'picky-eater' food, MEDICINE, Sensory Integration decor and sensory-friendly clothing; and much more!
AUTsumers consume many services and products: children, family, teen, adult; recreation, leisure, vacation, medical, health and nutrition, beauty-products, blue- ray dvd, smart-phones, notebooks, tablets, specialty items(adaptive, sensory, integrated) and numerous touchscreen and digital devices; and much more!
AUTsumers utilize the supports and services of doctors and specialists(neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, child development, audiologists), BCBAs, lawyers, home-healthcare, therapists(Occupational, Speech/Language, Assistive Technology, Adaptive Physical Education), advocacy organizations, education(public,private,religious) and reform, after-care, respite care, therapy dogs, ABA behavior and social skills groups, transportation services, babysitters, barbers, beauticians, reflexologists, chiropractors, school resources, community-based services; utility, life insurance, health/medical and car insurances; real estate and estate planning companies, and many more!
AUTsumers enjoy Autism-friendly theatres and movie theaters, restaurants, summer camps, swimming, apps, music,art, karate, arts & crafts, decorating, rock climbing, surfing, traveling, kayaking, water rafting, hiking, participating in raising-awareness fundraisers(i.e.,2k walks and runs), trained pets, athletic/fitness centers and numerous integrated venues and inclusive sports & teams, and much more!
AUTsumers needs, wants, demands, and Autism-related lifestyle is directly reflected in new millennial TRENDS: bloggers, book publications, writers, research periodicals, fiscal budgets, policies, ocial networking, apps developers, augmentative and alternative communication devices, clothing/apparel, toys, assistive devices, foods, primetime tv shows, advocacy movements, social acceptance statements, hiring of 'geek' /techno-savvy employees, professions, life skills training, higher education degrees (BCBA, law, education, O.T., SPL, software designers, medical/scientific researchers, computer tech., doctors) , Sensory Processing Integration, inclusive practices, disability employment, professional development, legislation, community growth patterns; entrepreneurial and philanthropic giving/donations and many more!
There are many global instances of the value of individuals who are autistic. Being consumers is only one aspect of our significance.
Brenda Lee Cosse', Mother of a 6 year old son diagnosed with Autism at age 3, who has changed her consumer spending patterns to reflect his wants, needs, care and contentment.
What is Sensory Star™?
Sensory Star™ hotels and resorts are those that have gone through a thorough planning and preparation of their property to become sensory friendly. These hotels offer a specified number of guest rooms that are especially prepared to be sensory friendly. In addition..., each such hotel has a Sensory Star™ Lounge for the special use of those with sensory considerations. Assorted sensory equipment is available for this group in the Sensory Star™ Lounge. Sensory Star™ guests may choose to gather and interact here in an atmosphere that is tailored to specific sensory considerations. The following benefits are examples of what these guest rooms and lounges offer:
* More quiet environment than other areas of the hotel
* Softer lighting with no florescent or bright down lights
* More child resistant door latches, curtains, etc.
* Less offensive cleaning and unscented personal hygiene products used/offered
* Decorated with softer cooler color schemes
* Bedding sheets and pillowcases of 300 count or higher
The specifications for the sensory friendly program of Sensory Star™ have been developed in collaboration with, and under the advisement of, an impressive array of sensory processing experts. T. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our Advisory Board members.
Cathy Hazley shares this and quote
" a pencil drawing of Ryan 14 yr old asperger son has done :)"
amazing work ♥ love how it captured the emotions. ~Yumi
The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions
Artism: The Art of Autismby Debra Hosseini, Rosa C. Martinex PH.D. , Rosa C. Martinex, PH.D. The Art of Autism offers an incredible glimpse into the imaginative world of people on the autism spectrum. With fifty-four artists from around the world representing all ages, the book shows that autism has no boundaries and manifests differently in each person diagnosed. At once inspiring and myth defying, the art spans a range of emotion and subject material. This is a...more
The Girl Who Spoke with Pictures; Autism through Art. A book by Eileen Miller
# ISBN-10: 1843108895
# ISBN-13: 978-1843108894
Japan, United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States
For many years Eileen Miller's daughter, Kim, was unable to verbalize her experiences and emotions, but she was able to communicate using a less conventional language: her art. The Girl who Spoke with Pictures tells the story of a young woman with autism, and how her enlightening drawings enabled her to share her view of the world.
In Partnership with the Autism Society, We Bring AMC Sensory Friendly Films to Families Affected by Autism on a Monthly Basis to Select Communities.
The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!
The idea for the program began with a request from a parent with an autistic child for a special screening at AMC Columbia Mall 14 in Columbia, MD. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening.
We are thrilled to now offer the program at many locations nationwide — please see below for a complete list of participating theatres. As a leading theatrical exhibition company, we are so proud to be making a difference in the estimated 1.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder by offering families a chance to see a movie together — often for the very first time.
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Walk for Autism Dubai 2012 Walk for Autism is a fun-filled, family friendly event. It is our single most powerful force to raise awareness and help
Integrate special children in the community. Experience the power of thousands, united by a single cause by joining Walk for Autism. Zabeel Park, Dubai, United Arab Emiratesn http://www.childeimc.com
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