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Writer/Curator/Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project. Contributing Author to Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood, and Concepts of Normality by Wendy Lawson, and soon to be published Gravity Pulls You In. Writing my own book. Lecturer on autism and the media and parenting. Current graduate student Critical Disability Studies and most importantly, mother of Adam -- a new and emerging writer.

“There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.” -- Baruch Spinoza

Sunday, May 28, 2006

 

The Autism Acceptance Project

Backgrounder

The Autism Acceptance Project
Tapping into Human Potential and Dignity


§ The Autism Acceptance Project: Tapping into Human Potential and Dignity is a not-for-profit organization working toward achieving acceptance and tolerance of autism in society.

§ The Autism Acceptance Project was founded by Estée Klar-Wolfond, writer and curator. Estée’s young son Adam was diagnosed with autism at 20 months of age.

§ Through a series of annual events and exhibitions that support positive views about autism, the organization seeks to support parents and people with autism by advocating for educational support and a variety of services that enable identity, dignity and quality of life for both adults and children who are autistic.

§ Celebrating its second year, The Joy of Autism: Redefining Ability and Quality of Life is a gallery exhibition of international artists with autism at the Lonsdale Gallery from October 5 until November 5, 2006 and a lecture series by renowned academics, researchers and individuals with autism held on October 10th, 11th, 12th and 16th at the Al Greene Theatre at the Miles Nadal, Bloor JCC.

§ There are many autism fundraising organizations who solicit funds for autism cures. The autism community (autistic people) is dissatisfied and offended by such organizations touting autism as a tragic epidemic and illness. They believe that the relationship between illness and being autistic is a misnomer misleading the public and the media. By waiting for a cure, autistic people continue to be marginalized. The educational system, while improved since the seventies, still remains unprepared for the increasing number of autistic children.

§ The Autism Acceptance Project will present dialogues and exhibitions to understand autism further and debate the humanitarian issues surrounding it. With out the over-riding moral obligation to treat every human being with value, respect and dignity, we cannot establish acceptance, tolerance and support within society.

§ The Autism Acceptance Project will expand its mandate to not only present annual lectures, exhibitions and concerts that bridge understanding, but also to assist schools and educators with programs that address each individual’s learning needs.


http://www.taaproject.com/

19 Comments:

Anonymous mike stanton said...

What a wonderful project. I wish you well.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Kristina Chew said...

Best wishes for this, Estee.

8:15 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Finally a voice I can listen to without skepticism. My boys are special and I wouldn't trade their autism for the world. I just want to help them be their best and wish the world would come to an understanding of these special people.

Good luck with the project!

9:29 PM  
Blogger Ari N. said...

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10:59 PM  
Blogger Ari N. said...

This looks great. I have only one thing to say: How can we get involved and help?

11:01 PM  
Blogger Ari N. said...

Incidentally, sorry about the double post. The first (deleted) version I accidentally sent before I was done typing it up.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Kev said...

Nice one Estee :o)

12:09 AM  
Blogger r.b. said...

Wonderful!!Love the artists being there...I have considered any art piece I obtain to be only that of an artist with autism.

I would have a phenominal amount of wonderful works to choose from.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Hi Ari,

How you can get involved? We can keep talking, supporting, referring people to the project, this mandate and join us in October!

The rest of the website will be completed throughout the next week or so, so you will receive plenty more information.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Estee: This project you started is a wonderful step in the right direction. Be sure to keep us posted.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Thanks, Joseph. I will. My TAAProject website will be completed soon and you can buy tickets to lectures right online within the next 10 days.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Wonderful project, Estee! I'm looking forward to more info on the site.

4:39 PM  
Blogger LJCohen said...

A wonderful idea--I will be following your website to see as it develops.

best,
lisa

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Hey Estee, I am working on an article about autism and was wondering if I could email you a few questions?

5:23 PM  
Blogger Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Absolutely. Email me at estee@wolfond.com.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Estee, sounds wonderful, I will write a piece about it for Autism News.
Would you like your blog and the TAAP site to have a pixel ad on Autism.At , it is free.
Amy Nelson

6:27 AM  
Blogger Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Thanks, Amy.

So many others to thanks, mainly autistic people who have worked so hard ahead of this project to dispel autism myth and ideology!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Fore Sam said...

You said: "The Autism Acceptance Project will expand its mandate to not only present annual lectures, exhibitions and concerts that bridge understanding, but also to assist schools and educators with programs that address each individual’s learning needs."
Does this mean you're in favor of giving kids the chelation and methyl B-12 they need to be able to learn? Or, would you rather persist with obsolete notions that are useless to address the problems of mercury poisoning?

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Mona Robichaud said...

I think that is a good idea, getting the word autism out and deal with the person as a whole, my daughter is now 26, she was diagnoised as being mentally challanged along with autism, i would like to get involved

8:41 PM  

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