City of Phoenix Focus on SEEDs for Autism

SEEDS empowers young adults with autism teaching them job skills and social skills to engage with the community. It’s in the 85007 and it is Cool in Your ZIP!

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Pizza Cutters and the Art of Woodworking

 

Daniel takes pride in his work in the Wood Department at SEEDs

There is something truly wonderful about a unique, hand-crafted object. The feeling you get when you create – investing your time, creativity, hard work and dedication to transform basic materials into a thing of beauty is a life-changing experience. Whether it is a lump of clay, a ball of yarn, or a piece of wood… with you, clay becomes ceramics, fiber and yarn becomes a scarf… and a hunk of wood becomes a pizza cutter.. as unique and individual as the artist who created it.

A one of a kind pizza cutter

 

Close up of Daniel’s craftsmanship

 

 

What SEEDS means to me

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!

~Breanna D.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

~Nelson Mandela

Ruby Facts

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Ruby Facts

*“Rubies are made up of the mineral corundum. Corundum is aluminum oxide ( Al2O3). A ruby forms when there is a small impurity of chromic oxide in the corundum (an aluminium oxide in which some of the aluminum ions have been substituted by chromium). This substitution process is called an isomorphous replacement.”

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*Rubies are the Birthstone of July. (my birthstone)

*Rubies get there name from the Latin word for red “Ruber”.

*There are some rubies that have marks that branch out from the center called a star. For obvious reasons these varieties are called Star Rubies.

*There is a character on the TV show Steven Universe who is a Ruby.

*On a previous post I wrote about a character I created with my friends, who used an Amethyst “Powerstone” to gain superpowers, my sister also made a character for this game. Her character used a ruby.

Larimar Facts

Larimar facts

*”Early theories suggested Larimar was produced by the Sea, later by the earth’s volcanic movements. … The stone is formed when hot gases push crystallized minerals up though volcanic ‘tubes’. In order to mine and excavate the stone miners must identify these tubes and dig deeper and deeper into old volcanoes.”

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*Larimar stones were named after the ocean and the daughter of the man( Miguel Mendez) who rediscovered it, Larissa and Mar which means sea in many languages.

*Larimar is a form of pectolite. But it is the only specific form of this crystalline.

*It  was rediscovered in 1974. It was originally discovered in 1916. Father Miguel Domingo Fuertes Loren asked permission to mine the blue stone he had found, but his request was denied and no one else knew of it until it’s rediscovery.

*Larimar stones are only found in the Caribbean sea in the Dominican republic on the island of Hispaniola.

Facts about Gemstones

Amethyst Facts

“Amethyst is formed in silica-rich liquids deposited in gas cavities of lava that occur in crystalline masses. Such cavities occur in the earth’s crust for several reasons such as gas bubbling in circular cavities or filling of veins.”    

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Amethyst in Hebrew is “Ahlamah” which also means “dream”.

Amethyst is the birthstone of Febuary .

The world’s biggest amethyst geode is called The Empress of Uruguay. It is 10ft. (3.27m.) tall and weighs 2 tons! The Empress is located in The Crystal Caves in Cairns Queensland Australia. http://www.crystalcaves.com.au/

Amethyst was once believed to protect the wearer from drunkenness.

Amethyst was also know to bring peace, love, dreams healing and happiness.

The first character I ever created, which was part of a game I played with my friends as kids, was a member of a superhero team that used gemstones to transform and gain powers from. This character’s Powerstone was amethyst.

There is a member of the Crystal Gems from the TV show Steven Universe who is an Amethyst.

The Empress of Uruguay

~Breanna D.

Changing Lives at SEEDs for Autism

Support and GROW the life of an adult with autism!

Help SEEDs for Autism reach our goal to employ 15 participants in the next 12 months.

SEEDs for Autism is a Phoenix based vocational training program dedicated to teaching adults with autism a multitude of job skills related to the arts. As a non-profit organization we need your help to support this life changing program.

While enrolled in the public school system, there are a lot of resources available to help children affected by autism. But what happens when these children grow up? So many are capable, yet for 85% of this population, being an adult with autism means a lifetime of isolation; a dark and lonely future with no real direction or sense of purpose.

Seeds for Autism has created a solution. SEEDs provides real life practical experiences to help participants obtain job, life and social skills while being productive in a workplace environment.  Participants learn how to use real tools of the trade to produce over 150 high quality home and garden items which are sold into the community.

Your donation is a direct investment towards the employment of our participants.

Fundraiser SiteSEEDs for Autism’s GoFundMe Page

Website: https://www.seedsforautism.org/

Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/SEEDSforAutism/