Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’
― C.S. Lewis
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. At SEEDs, these talented individuals produce a wide variety of high quality home and garden products which are sold into the community.
It sounds pretty amazing,
and it is…
But it’s so much more than that.
Truly, SEEDs is a life-changing program.
I have watched shyness turn into confidence.
I have seen meltdowns fade as coping skills develop.
I have seen distraction evolve into focus..
but, perhaps best of all –
I have seen these wonderful people find friends.
MB / Newsletter Instructor, SEEDs for Autism
We here at seeds love puns. We tell them to each other all the time. Here is a few of my favorites!!
My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned: couldn’t concentrate.
Why did the scientist install a knocker on his door? He wanted to win the No-bell prize!
What do you call a laughing motorcycle? A Yamahahaha.
What underwear do clouds wear? Thunderwear!
Why do Swedish warships have barcodes on them? So when they dock they can Scandinavian.
I wanna make a joke about sodium, but Na..
Did you hear about the Italian chef with a terminal illness? He pastaway.
Isn’t it scary that doctors call what they do “practice”?
This morning some clown opened the door for me. I thought to myself that’s a nice Jester.
To the mathematicians who thought of the idea of zero, thanks for nothing!
Did you hear about the kidnapping at school? It’s okay. He woke up.
I ordered 2000 lbs. of chinese soup. It was Won Ton.
I just found out I’m colorblind. The diagnosis came completely out of the purple.
What’s the difference between a poorly dressed man on a bicycle and a nicely dressed man on a tricycle? A tire.
Dr.’s are saying not to worry about the bird flu because it’s tweetable
I don’t engage in mental combat with the unarmed.
What musical instrument is found in the bathroom? A tuba toothpaste.
What do you call the security outside of a Samsung Store? A: Guardians of the Galaxy.
I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.
What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.
What do you call with two leg? Lean beef.
I’m glad I know sign language, it’s pretty handy.
I’ve decided to sell my Hoover… well, it was just collecting dust.
I’ve just written a song about tortillas – actually, it’s more of a wrap.
The winner of the costume contest was the invisible man. He was invisible, and his wife wasn’t much to look at either.
A book just fell on my head. I’ve only got myshelf to blame.
R.I.P boiled water. You will be mist.
If a short psychic broke out of jail, then you’d have a small medium at large.
What Seeds means to me
2/16: At the time of writing this I have been working at SEEDS FOR AUTISM for over a year. During this time I’ve come out of my shell a lot. In High School I was always the quiet person in class that wouldn’t talk anyone and no one would even try to talk to me. I did have a couple of friends from Middle and Elementary school that I would hang out with at lunch and on the bus, but we didn’t have any classes together. I secretly felt kind of lonely but was to afraid to actually talk to new people. After I graduated, my family took me to a job/program/school fair where SEEDS had a booth. It seemed interesting, so that summer I signed up for the summer program -and it was a lot of fun. I met some nice people who I became acquaintances with, but I still didn’t feel at home/comfortable yet. Then in December, I joined the official SEEDs program. I was still pretty nervous, until someone who also works at SEEDS said he remembered me from the summer program and welcomed me into the SEEDS family. I felt bad because I didn’t remember him. After a while though we became good friends and still are. I started talking about similar interests, things that are on my mind, how life is going, and now I have many new friends! Now I feel like I can make friends, share what I have to say, and I am slightly more confident. I am now truly part of the SEEDS family!
5/25: Today I am leaving SEEDS, I still feel the same as I did when I wrote the paragraph above. I am leaving because SEEDS has given me confidence to follow a new opportunity. I will miss all of my friends and all of my instructors very much, but it’s time to move forward with my life, and SEEDS FOR AUTISM has given me the knowledge to do so successfully. I have learned skills and made things here that I never thought I would ever be able to. I am very grateful for SEEDS FOR AUTISM and everyone here for helping me with so much. The only thing I can say now is, thank you!
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Strive for Progress not Perfection
Don’t call it a dream call it a plan
Never give up on your dreams
Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there- Will Rogers
In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take
Love : Love means so many things, and elicits so many emotions. It is the source of ideas, dreams, goals, desires, frustration, and happiness. When you are lucky enough to love something or someone, you allow yourself to be vulnerable, learn, share a common bond, sometimes become disappointed, and ultimately grow as a person. So many people let past experiences prevent themselves to let someone or something close enough to enjoy the feeling. True love does take work, commitment, grit, tenacity and the support of others. Personally, I believe that love is absolutely the most important emotion to feel. It is what drives me. When
I feel love, I am able to be supportive of others because I want them to also experience the joy and rush from what results. Love equals happiness, and happiness is positive, and therefore being positive is when we can focus on outcomes.
The outcomes of watching or helping someone else succeed is one of the greatest forms of love, because you cheer them on, you believe in them, you help them reach their goals, you grow yourself as a person, and your heart then truly knows the meaning of love comes from giving of yourself.
So, I challenge everyone to let go of the reasons that hold you back experiencing love…..whether it is you’d love to start that hobby, get in better shape, take a class, volunteer, or be a better friend, wife, husband, daughter, or son. Allow yourself to feel that wonderful and powerful feeling. Stop holding yourself back, and experience that goose bumpy, tingly, giggly, smile that you WILL absolutely experience from sharing a part of you with someone or something. Stop fretting, grumbling, arguing, making excuses looking down on others, complaining about how bad everything is…. the internal happy giddy smile is in there, and it feels oh so good when YOU feel it.
Warning: It is also contagious