Art is a form of love. Art is the ultimate gift. Art heals life. Robert Genn .
Creating art relieves stress, builds self-esteem and fills us with a sense of purpose, accomplishment and peace. At SEEDs for Autism we understand the healing power of art and recognize the importance of having an outlet to express ourselves creatively during these difficult times. Encouraged by his family, Matthew N. shares his thoughts, his inspiration and his amazing artwork with our readers.
Today is about 2 months that we are dealing with the coronavirus situation. My mom wanted me to write about my activities. I had to stay inside and worry about our future. I spent a lot of time painting to relax. New York City is a place that had many cases of Covid 19. I painted New York City under the lantern to represent the symbol of Hope. The lanterns light up the dark sky. I got the idea from the movie “Tangled”. I hope that things will be better soon but I hear mixed results. Some people on TV said that it is getting better. Some people said that it is worse. Everything is still confusing to me.
SEEDs for Autism is a non-profit organization that provides education and vocational training for young adults on the autism spectrum. Participants learn a variety of job skills, social skills and life skills in a structured environment focused on the arts. Our activities and programs encourage our students to step outside their comfort zones and grow.
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Hello, my name is Daniel and I’m going to be writing about what I’ve learned over the break.
I learned how to use Zoom, Duo, and Google calendar to get assignments. I learned Duo from my friend Kim so we could talk face to face. I learned Zoom from Justin, the Computer teacher at SEEDs and I learned Google calendar on my own.
I use Zoom to take martial arts fitness classes with Mrs. Lee and with Mr. Benton who is my teacher for Tai Kwon Do classes. While it’s true that I can’t practice the practical aspects of Tai Kwon Do, such as self-defense, sparring, and board breaks, I can get practice in on my form and weapons.
I use Google calendar to get informed about what’s going on at Seeds for Autism.
I had my first zoom chat with Michele (Newsletter instructor), Francis and Brianna. I was included in the Zoom meeting with my peers from Seeds. I had to wait for recognition by the host of the meeting. I never knew how to navigate Zoom until I watched Justin’s educational video (that was on the Google Calendar) on how to use the application for conferring with colleagues who might be on a business trip for example. Google calendar has helped me stay in the loop.
I am staying active and connected during the outbreak of COViD 19 using online activities with Seeds and Tai Kwon Do with Mr. Benton and Mrs. Lee. Missing seeing folks in person. Hope see everyone in 21 days.
Hey, guys. It’s been a while since COVID-19 started to change our lives, so I decided to share a new update on my project to lift things up for the rest of us. Here is your new Crusaders update for April 2020.
Recently, I have been doing some drawings for each section of my game proposal, such as Contents and Synopsis, during the break. Below is a piece of artwork for one of the titles that I made for my pitch.
This logo is meant for the Contents section for the latest version of the proposal. Each piece of concept art has been worked on at a slow pace. I hope all the work pays off.
I also found out about a production company located in Japan that provides artwork and illustrations for game development. I hope to contact them in the future to help out once I start putting my ideas together.
Overall, I’ve been finding ways to be productive during these hard times. Looking forward to coming back to SEEDS once all this is over. Miss you all.
“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” – Bethany Hamilton
For those on the autism spectrum, advocating for ourselves, interacting with others and stepping outside of our comfort zone often takes a tremendous amount of courage. At SEEDs for Autism, we strive to empower our participants and help them develop the skills to face these challenges and GROW. Every day we celebrate with our participants as they persevere and demonstrate acts of courage. We asked them to share their personal stories of bravery and to let our audience know that not all superheroes wear capes.
On my first trip to Japan with my dad and brother, we were rushing to catch a subway train. While dad and I made it in, the doors would have shut for my brother if I didn’t reach out for him, even if it meant that the doors could crush my arm. This caused the doors to open and close again while my brother finally got inside the train. It didn’t even hurt my arm that much. I just couldn’t leave him behind at the station, so I tried doing what I could. My dad seemed proud for my quick thinking, as it helped us make the train in time.
The bravest thing I have ever done was dealing with difficult people without having a meltdown and losing control of situations. I don’t listen to them so they won’t get me upset.
The bravest thing I have ever done, was when I was really young maybe around 5 or 6 years old. It is hard for me to recall certain details but this story has been told by my family enough that it has stuck in my memory. My sister was scared of getting a shot so I cut through the line and I got my shot to show her it was nothing to fear. My mom was surprised by my actions. Some people in line were slightly annoyed but once they understood the event, they did not seem to mind as much.
Four years ago I asked for a first time date with Leanne. When I asked her for the date she said yes and I was so excited and felt brave about myself. Now we are so happy together and we watch movies and eat at restaurants and we talk to each other and have fun spending time together.
I went on a helicopter ride in Hawaii. It was a blast of fun. I was scared at first and terrified before I went on the helicopter then I did it and got rid of my fear.
When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.
-William Arthur Ward
The people we admire inspire us to believe in ourselves, to reach further and strive to be our best. We asked SEEDs participants to write about the people they look up to and identify the qualities they have in common.
SYDNEY The person I admire is Lady Godiva because she didn’t hesitate to challenge unfair taxes in the eleventh century and she did it by riding naked on a horse. We both like to challenge ourselves to be courageous and to not take no for an answer.
CAMILLE I admire my friends Jesse and Nathan, because they have the same interests as me and play video games. They are so kind and friendly, and that’s how I am too.
JAKE M. One of my favorite athletes of all time is Roger Federer. He is the most successful male tennis player of all time. His character is exemplary on and off the court. He is a hard worker and leaves everything on the court regardless of the final result. He also has his own charity called The Roger Federer Foundation.
I can relate to Roger in two ways. The first being, we both pride ourselves on giving back to the community. Like Federer, I too put 100% effort in everything I do. Athletes like Roger Federer don’t come around very often.
I admire my grandfather John Caulfield because he was brave and I am also brave.
Writing poetry encourages creativity and self-expression. Poetry stirs the imagination and helps us grow emotionally and intellectually as we examine our thoughts and feelings in a symbolic way. Taking part in an exercise focused on self expression, the participants at SEEDs for Autism created a series of biographical poems.
Feeling good about ourselves and embracing the unique qualities that make us individuals is important for happiness in life. At SEEDs for Autism we understand that healthy self esteem enables us to stand up for ourselves, stretch our limits and gain the confidence to connect with others. We asked our participants to share the personal skills, talents and interests they have that make them feel special.
MICHAEL IS. I think independence is the unique quality that makes me special. For example, I ride the Valley Metro bus without assistance, and I walk about half a mile to and from the nearest bus stop.
CONNOR I never give up. I’m relentless.
CHRIS M. My unique quality that’s very special to me and everyone I know would be that I have a talent for drawing and making pieces of art.
My sense of humor is a unique quality that I have and it feels good when I can spread that humor to other individuals.
I’m good at singing. It makes me feel special.
I feel like I’m good at cleaning things, organizing and mopping. And I like to help show my family the healthy things they should eat.
I have good skills of drawing, acting, singing, and dancing.
I have a really wild imagination when it comes to writing stories.
Lindsey Vonn was an American skier who spent 19 seasons on the World Cup Tour. She is also a decorated Olympian who competed for the U.S. Olympic team. She finished her Career on February 11th 2019 after receiving a bronze medal in the World Ski Championships downhill time trials discipline. Lindsey Vonn’s career, which was the most dominant all-time, was also riddled by injuries.
Two major Injuries late in her career caused her to miss most of the 2013 season and the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Lindsey Vonn’s resilience is a true inspiration.
List of major accomplishments:
Four Olympic appearances (2002, 2006, 2010, 2018)
Thee Olympic medals (including a gold medal in 2010)
“During this month of love, put a little more purpose into what you buy for your Valentine.”
At SEEDs for Autism we are thrilled to be featured in the February edition of PHOENIX Magazine! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, our wonderful selection of heart-themed products make the perfect “Gifts from the Heart” for the special people in your life!