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.
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.