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

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Promoting Third Thursday Sale

A group of my peers and I as well as our instructor went out to promote our sale for Thursday April 20 2017. We went around to local businesses to promote the event. We went to a tattoo parlor, a gallery and a furniture shop. We told the owners of the shops about what we do as well as the sale. One of the people we interacted with was a woman who works with nonprofits to raise money for them.I stepped out of my comfort zone when passing out flyers to businesses. It was weird for me because I have never done anything like that before. It was cool to interact with the different managers to promote our sale but it was different and unique experience for me.  

by Jessica

My Experience at the SEEDs Holiday Sale

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The Holiday Sale at Seeds For Autism was a open house event to showcase the work we do here. The participants were here helping out and showing their families and customers the products we make. The participants helped sell items as well.

My first Holiday sale was a cool experience. It was fun to see the work we did showed off in a open house event and to sell the products my peers and I have produced.

I have only been at SEEDs a few weeks and this was my first sale but I had a lot of fun overall.  About 10:00 a.m I started out making and demonstrating the gingerbread ornaments. This was my first time making these ornaments but it was easy as soon as I got the steps down and I was able to demonstrate it pretty well.

After I had completed the gingerbread station at 11:00 a.m, I walked around for about 10 min. At about 11:10, I went to work in the jewelry department. I helped out the customers there when they had questions on the products as well as repricing things that did not have a price. I worked there from 11:10 till 11:30 then we broke for lunch.

In between things, my parents came in and looked around for about 20 min. About a hour later, my grandmother and my cousin came in and I helped them by showing them around. I introduced my Grandma and my cousin to Amy and to Jonathan. Then at 3:00 I helped Nathaniel clean up the cucumbers and the acorn cookies tables while waiting for my Mom to come pick me up.

My experience at my first Seeds open House was really fun. I got to learn about how a sale works and how to interact with customers and peers in a store type of setting. I would like to do something similar soon.

Creatures for Autism

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Have you ever felt like you were a little bit different? Like if you were someone special but nobody wants to be around you? Then you know exactly how it felt to be me. Let me tell you about monsters, everything you know is a lie. No creature has ever hurt anyone, people just see them and use what they see for scary stories. Monsters try to help, they try to learn, they try to make the world a better place. But you haven’t heard this about them until now.

Hi, my name is Matt and I’m a blob monster that goes to Creatures for Autism. If you go there you will see that there is more to us than meets the eye. Creatures for Autism is a place where monsters can go to learn job skills to fit in modern society. We make garden products that are to die for! Our stuff is so great, you will ask your mummy to get it for you! It will bring eternal life to your garden!

Our place is run by our shapeshifter, Mary Ann. Learn weaving with our spider queen! Learn woodwork with our Bigfoot! Learn to stitch with our mad scientist! Learn to make bird houses with our were-bird!  Learn to make jewelry with our mummy! Learn about the internet with our Phantom virus! Make newsletters with help from our Vampire! Learn about selling from our Invisible man! Learn to turn clay into ceramics by our Witch! Welding might be a little hot when you meet our Phoenix!

At Creatures for Autism we scare because we care!

MY EXPERIENCE IN THE WOOD DEPARTMENT

Hello my name is Daniel and I’m writing about my experience in the wood department at SEEDs. My experience has been good and I have learned how to turn wood on a lathe with the tools such as the roughing gouge. Mr. Ed has been a good teacher, he has helped me learn about the tools and the lathe. The electric lathe is fun to work with because I can make pens and bowls. I made cattails for Summer Winds recently with wood. I had to sand them until they were smooth. I started with 150 grit paper and then went to 220 grit paper.

I made a coffee container on a lathe and it got purchased by my Mom at the last show we had at Seeds. It makes me very confident in myself.  It was hard in the beginning for me to get the right motions for the different tools but I learned how to use them for their intended purposes. Turning wood is very relaxing and it is very fun.

I did not know anything about wood turning when I first got to SEEDs for Autism. It was hard so I had to learn about how to control the tools. Practice helped me perfect my wood turning skills.

You can purchase our wood products at SEEDs or at our Online Store!
by Daniel N.