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

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.

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Autism In Love Review

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The Autism in Love movie is about two couples and one male autistic young man named Lenny. Lenny was a teenager that got diagnosed at an early age but wasn’t too happy about it because the only support he had was his mother. The couple Lindsey and Dave were in a relationship for many years and didn’t marry for 8 years after that. But Steven and Gita were married for many years until Gita passed away from cancer. Stephen was autistic, and Gita was not but they both loved each other very much. They understood each other and both had redeeming qualities.

Lindsey and Dave were in a relationship and faced problems, but they talked things through when a problem between them occurred. They loved to do things together after Lindsey got home from work. This included watching tv, playing the piano, making dinner, and taking walks in the park. Steven and Gita had their problems too but they were relatively calm about it. Lenny had a lot more problems than both couples had together because he only had his mom to support him. Lenny’s mother wanted to help him but he didn’t want to accept his own problems, and had a hard time understanding how he fit into society.

The challenges that the two couples faced when they were in a relationship varied on what the did together and who they were around. Lindsay and Dave’s challenge was deciding when did they want to get married and would it benefit them in the long run. But Steven and Gita had a relatively calm and peaceful life and didn’t have many challenges because Stephen’s parents were able to help both of them.

The Autism In Love movie told the stories of an autistic couple, a couple with an autistic guy and neurotypical lady and an autistic guy who was not in a relationship. The couple that I related to the most was Lindsay and Dave, but I could also relate to Stephen a little bit. All five had their own problems, but most of them were able to work things out by talking to each other. Lenny wasn’t able to get help for the problems he faced because of how he thought society would treat him if he were in a relationship with someone. What I really liked about the movie was that it had detailed, realistic accounts of people who had autism and how they dealt with relationships on a day-to-day basis.

By Megan H

Autism is Special

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In my years of life I thought I was different than everyone, but at the age of 15 my parents were asked by a doctor to have me take a test. My parents were shocked to find out I had a disorder called autism. At first, they thought I was just slow, but now they knew the truth. So then I felt different from other people until I went to high school and I met some interesting people that became my friends. Some people acted like me and some were more special. When I was in junior year, I began to learn how to help them with school. Years after high school I had an idea that instead of college I began to do research on autism so not only me but the world could have more understanding for people with autism. I already had some inspiration my old teacher Miss Early and my friends, so I began to keep a journal. Here is some information from my journal: “If you have autism, you have stronger emotions like anger, happiness, sadness, confusion, hunger, love, pain, fear and boredom.” So now I thought about expanding my research from the things I learned from Seeds for Autism. I bet there is a lot to learn from autism, but the coolest thing about it is that there is always something new to learn about autism and it will never end.

by Matthew A