Winning Walls: Fantastic Poster Giveaway

As fitting as it might be, I’m getting a little tired of that puzzle piece. After all, autism isn’t a one-size-fits-all condition.

Just in time to save us from advocacy-image-burnout, Jaime and Jeffrey Rugh, a  N.J. couple who are artists and the parents of two children on the spectrum, have started designing and producing posters that are sharp and unusual.

Image courtesy of Jaime and Jeffrey Rugh

Image courtesy of Jaime and Jeffrey Rugh

Reminiscent of the works of Alexander Girard and Corita Kent, the Rughs’ posters brim with color and message.

The Rughs are producing the posters to promote awareness, support and compassion for people with autism, as well as families and communities who live with those on the spectrum. Prices are $15 to $25 per piece, and a portion of the proceeds will be given to an organization that supports adults and teens on the spectrum through education and advocacy.

The Rughs plan to add a few posters every few months. All are limited edition silkscreens with the minor textures in variation and color that all handmade objects have. Like the spectrum itself, the posters vary widely in range, focus and design. Some have quotes by people such as Rupert Isaacson, author of “The Horse Boy” and musician Dan Zanes.

Leave a comment about the Rughs’ artwork – perhaps where you might display it? — and you could win one of their posters! We’ll run reminders all week and award a poster to one lucky reader.

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Back to School Advice from Rethink Autism: Rethink Autism, the web-based ABA treatment platform (available for a monthly fee), recommends putting together a bullet list of your child’s strengths, likes and dislikes for new schools (or new teachers). In just about a week, Alex will have both. I guess our list will include his love of books and music, tendency to bolt, occasional kleptomania and dislike of trying new foods.

I was not able to access links for new videos on their site on subjects like matching objects to pictures and counting by 2′s.

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    • JD in TLH

      Wow, this is why I follow this blog! Otherwise, I never would have known about this effort by the Rugh family. I have already forwarded the link to my family members.

      I would hang my poster in my office (I am the coordinator of the Honors thesis program at FSU). The poster would reach a population of young minds who will be studying to become doctors, lawyers, professors, speech language pathologists, writers, artists, music therapists and filmmakers. I hope it would prompt conversations about about friends, family or experiences with autism as well as discussions about concerns and hopes for people on the spectrum. This includes the prominent concern you have shared many times times in this blog, that is, if 1 in 150 children are on the spectrum, how is our society going to provide assistance for them once they are adults?

    • kal

      I know exactly where I’d put this poster — in our bright red family room where my boys play. Thanks for spreading the word about the posters and the Rugh family, pretty cool. And a great way to get lurkers to de-lurk :)

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    • Interested Bystander

      Nice poster!! Can i win one??

    • Jill Cornfield

      Thanks for coming out!

    • Jill Cornfield

      Maybe! We’ll reveal lucky winner on Friday. Thanks for commenting!

    • Jill Cornfield

      Sounds great! Thanks for reading (and writing).