The time has come to SHINE a LIGHT on the grassroots community. Many seek the limelight of fame, money, celebrity… whilst the real work of making “CONNECTIONS” happens in the shadows of the daylight, within the silence between the spoken word, and often highlighted during darkness.

Rosicki Commnuity Leadership org 20142014 recipients for Community Leadership, for their contribution to society employing persons with disabilities for the past two decades.

WATCH VIDEO from Tom & Cynthis Rosicki – 2014 recipient for Community Leadership AWARD

2015 Spring IssueWhilst many look to the famous few – there is an underground movement of quiet, successful people on the autistic spectrum and their networks of non-autistic friends and business associates contributing to society, creating a better future for an integrated whole, for the long term.

These individuals use their talents and abilities, knowledge and connections, their life experiences, educational background throwing a broad net to the ocean of human beings, that we may ALL participate in the JOY of giving, in an integrated sharing of LIFE!

The ANCA World Autism Festival in its 6th year will be scouting, showcasing and rod morris 3celebrating such contributions in Vancouver, B.C., Canada on October 1-6, 2015 during Canada’s National Autism Awareness Month!

If you know of an individual, an organization, a business, a school, a government agency, a club…. who are contributing in this often quiet and silent manner, please contact us at anca@naturallyautistic.com ATTENTION: ANCA World Autism Festival “A TRIBUTE to AUTISTIC INNOVATION”

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  1. UPDATED – JUST IN:

    Another email, another fantastic entry! Check it out – SpectrumSingles.com was born when 18-year-old, Olivia Cantu identified a cavernous gap in the market for a spectrum specific social platform. After toying with initial site designs, Cantu turned her ‘kitchen table’ concept into a fully functional online dating and relationship site. Realizing that someone with business experience would also be needed to get the idea off the ground, Cantu partnered with Kirsten Fitzpatrick, an autistic entrepreneur and self-advocate who was honored to be asked to join the SpectrumSingles team. Today the industrious pair manage site operations while also fulfilling their own study and career commitments. Cantu is a full time college student majoring in Gaming Production and Design. In addition to co-owning and operating other businesses, Fitzpatrick is working toward licensure as a clinical counselor. Both Cantu and Fitzpatrick are on the autism spectrum.

    About SpectrumSingles.com: Founded by Olivia Cantu and Kirsten Fitzpatrick, SpectrumSingles.com is the world’s first niche dating and social site catering exclusively to members of the autistic community. The site was created BY people on the spectrum, FOR people on the spectrum. Members can take advantage of a unique Spectrum Compatibility Test which matches members based on a variety of spectrum attributes.
    Full Press Release: http://news.cision.com/dakota-digitalltd/r/world-s-first-spectrum-specific-social-site-builds-relationships-that-last,c9710530

  2. Another email, another fantastic entry! Check it out – SpectrumSingles.com was born when 18-year-old, Olivia Cantu identified a cavernous gap in the market for a spectrum specific social platform. After toying with initial site designs, Cantu turned her ‘kitchen table’ concept into a fully functional online dating and relationship site. Realizing that someone with business experience would also be needed to get the idea off the ground, Cantu partnered with Kirsten Fitzpatrick, an autistic entrepreneur and self-advocate who was honored to be asked to join the SpectrumSingles team. Today the industrious pair manage site operations while also fulfilling their own study and career commitments. Cantu is a full time college student majoring in Gaming Production and Design. In addition to co-owning and operating other businesses, Fitzpatrick is working toward licensure as a clinical counselor. Both Cantu and Fitzpatrick are on the autism spectrum.

    About SpectrumSingles.com: Founded by Olivia Cantu and Kirsten Fitzpatrick, SpectrumSingles.com is the world’s first niche dating and social site catering exclusively to members of the autistic community. The site was created BY people on the spectrum, FOR people on the spectrum. Members can take advantage of a unique Spectrum Compatibility Test which matches members based on a variety of spectrum attributes.
    Full Press Release: http://news.cision.com/dakota-digitalltd/r/world-s-first-spectrum-specific-social-site-builds-relationships-that-last,c9710530

  3. Another email, another fantastic entry! Check it out – SpectrumSingles.com was born when 18-year-old, Olivia Cantu identified a cavernous gap in the market for a spectrum specific social platform. After toying with initial site designs, Cantu turned her ‘kitchen table’ concept into a fully functional online dating and relationship site. Realizing that someone with business experience would also be needed to get the idea off the ground, Cantu partnered with Kirsten Fitzpatrick, an autistic entrepreneur and self-advocate who was honored to be asked to join the SpectrumSingles team. Today the industrious pair manage site operations while also fulfilling their own study and career commitments. Cantu is a full time college student majoring in Gaming Production and Design. In addition to co-owning and operating other businesses, Fitzpatrick is working toward licensure as a clinical counselor. Both Cantu and Fitzpatrick are on the autism spectrum.

    About SpectrumSingles.com: Founded by Olivia Cantu and Kirsten Fitzpatrick, SpectrumSingles.com is the world’s first niche dating and social site catering exclusively to members of the autistic community. The site was created BY people on the spectrum, FOR people on the spectrum. Members can take advantage of a unique Spectrum Compatibility Test which matches members based on a variety of spectrum attributes.
    Full Press Release: http://news.cision.com/dakota-digitalltd/r/world-s-first-spectrum-specific-social-site-builds-relationships-that-last,c9710530

  4. More tributes coming in: This one from Zia Mcleod of Australia – we are just waiting on links regarding this fabulous project!
    We have a therapeutic equestrian vaulting team (gymnastics/dance on a horse). That runs therapeutic programs for people with disabilities, and has a competition team that travels around Australia to compete. The team has people with autism in it. Also the team is run by a coach who has high functioning autism.

  5. More tributes coming:
    This one is from Helen Goldsworthy
    I would like to nominate Lorraine Young. Lorraine is a mother of a daughter with autism who contacted jenny at Gumigem ( a product to aid babies and children when cutting teeth) and asked if they could develop a similar product to aid children with autism from babies to teenagers. Her daughter chewed everything especially when stressed or in meltdown and she needed something for her to use. Jenny and Lorraine tried various products based on gumigem until they produced the right ones, strong, textured safe. Lorraine had to leave work to home educate her daughter and now works from home with Jenny . Through her work on the social media pages for Chewigem she has taken it upon herself to help other parents with children with autism. She selflessly gives her time to help others. She runs Chewigem.co.uk also I am lost .co.uk product to aid children with special needs. She runs kiddieclinic which help all parents .She writes blogs about how her daughter copes/ doesnt cope to help other parents .I could go on about Lorraine but you need to look at her work on fb and twitter.

    I would like to nominate Jenny McLaughlan and Lorraine Young and the business with products developed to help children/families with children with autism..Chewigem.co.uk, Iamlost.co.uk and the online Kiddie clinic.I cannot speak highly enough about these 2 people and the ptoducts. Again please look at there pages which gives information about themselves and products.

  6. Tributes have started to come in for the OPEN Nominations related to the above post: We will start to share the information and links as they come in.
    From Marguerite Comeau – I would like to nominate Liane Holliday Wiley for her contribution to autistic women.
    This nomination has been updated:
    I would like to nominate Liane Holliday Wiley for her contribution to the autistic community. She is the author of the book “Pretending to be normal” which was featured in the movie “Adam”, a movie about a man with Asperger’s Syndrome. Liane has also written a book about women with Asperger’s and Safety Skills. When I kept hitting dead ends with information regarding Autism, Liane sent me contact numbers, and information. She also kept a tab on me to see how I was doing (we were complete strangers). Liane’s generous and welcoming nature extends past those of her family and friends. She has a genuine pure heart who wants to help autistic people.

    Liane’s email is hollidaywilley@gmail.com and her Facebook Public page is
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liane-Holliday-Willey-EdD-Pretending-to-be-Normal/120472248009507 . She is also on other various social networking sites.
    From Mike Williams – I would like to nominate Cynthia Drucker (USA), of Artists and Autism, Artists with Autism and Uncommon Minds, for her services to the Autistic Community: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/cynthia-drucker.html
    I would like to nominate Polly’s Place/Autism Trust UK: http://www.theautismtrust.org.uk/ for Community Award. They are an asset to the Autistic Community, here in the UK, providing an outlet for the sale of art and craft from those with Autism/Aspergers. They also provide training and support in employment.

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