Lebanese Culture and Art: Kassem Istanbouli and Tiro Arts Association

Kassem Istanbouli is a passionate and renowned Lebanese artist who believes that art is for everyone. His conviction that artistic induction should be available everywhere, not just in metropolitan areas, led him to create the Tiro Association for Arts in Tripoli. Istanbouli’s endeavors with Tiro have taken him around the world and into the ... Read more

Sue Ann Pien —Actor, Model, Director, Advocate and Maybe Good at Chess

Most of us know Sue Ann Pien as the character “Violet,” on Amazon’s comedy-drama series, “As We See It,” that portrays three- 20-something adults on the autism spectrum who share an apartment in LA. For this role, Pien landed nominations for Best Lead Performance in a New Series at both the Film Independent’s Spirit ... Read more

Visalia, California — Autism Certified Destination

In downtown Visalia, California, next to the local post office, stands a lone sequoia tree, named The Legacy Tree. It is a very tall baby tree, if you will, planted nearly 100 years ago. Surrounding the tree, is a wide, extended, circular mulch and rock area, which indicates the projected growth of the circumference ... Read more

Durable Accommodations – A story of Accessibility, Struggles & Love

This article is about Joaquin Carson, a 53-year-old autistic man, and his family, and a life-challenging access need. I am his sister Diana Pastora Carson, writing with his permission to share this story. 11 years ago, our family won a 3-year court battle and was able to bring my brother home from 15 years ... Read more

Uncovering My Invisible Self: SPD and Other Neurodivergences

“She’s always covering her little ears around loud sounds.” “It’s just a baby crying. You seem rude plugging your ears. It can’t help it.” “Are you three years old? Uncover your ears, and maybe you’ll actually like the music.” “You’re so picky with your food that it’s embarrassing.” “I said to try it, not ... Read more

Frank Mallatt’s Critters 4 Service

Frank Mallatt is a multifaceted service dog trainer extraordinaire! “I’ve always had a gift with animals, with my autism, it’s always kind of led me that way.” expressed Frank. Autism wasn’t mentioned to him or even entered his realm of daily thoughts until later on in life. He had quite a unique story and ... Read more

Dane Capo — Art, Dreams and Autism

Dane Capo has long dreamed of data entry and loves to travel. His life took an unexpected turn when is grandmother passed away, leaving him all of her art equipment. Dane and his family discovered his hidden creative talent. He became a painter. Dane likes an array of trailblazers of art, Picasso, Van Gogh, ... Read more

Exceptional Minds

Most people are aware of the low rates of unemployment and underemployment of people with autism. Exceptional Minds seeks to change that, one career at a time. Exceptional Minds is an academy and studio preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in animation, visual effects, 3D gaming and other related fields in ... Read more

Jennifer Goodman – Actor, Producer, Autism Activist, and Collaborator Ryan Atkins

Jennifer Goodman Karum is shifting perceptions of people with disabilities in entertainment. Goodman, an autistic actress, writer, producer and creator, collaborated with Ryan Atkins, himself a producer and creator, to found Lakefront Pictures. This Chicago-based production studio aims to amplify unheard voices. In their work, diversity and disability are evident in the talent, both on ... Read more

Lion to Autism–Jamie Knight

“Can I pet your dog?” is a question that is rarely heard at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. Participants, speakers, and even hotel staff simply don’t ask. If it’s March, it’s conference season, and service dogs and their owners descend en masse to San Diego. These dogs are working as service animals: assisting people ... Read more