ANCA NEWSWORLD 2016
Just In (November 26, 2016, Hong Kong)
2016 INAP AWARD recipients for the Performing Arts Vell Baria (philippines), Clarence Kang (Malaysia) win at the Hong Kong Autistic Talent Gala 2016 at the AnAn International Education Foundation Hong Kong! Congratulations to Vell and Clarence!
Just In (OCT. 29, 2016, Bursa, Turkey)
Turkish media continues to promote nominees, recipients at the ANCA World Autism Festival – seen in this article October, 2016
Just In (OCT. 29, 2016, Venice, Italy)
Leonora Gregory-Collura is an Elite+ Mompreneur® Member based out of Gibsons, BC, and is a proud member with the Vancouver chapter of Mompreneurs®. She is President of ANCA® Consulting Inc., Co-Founder of ANCA® Foundation, Naturally Autistic magazine, and President of the ANCA® World Autism Festival, INAP AWARDS and Autistic Peoples Federation.
Diagnosed in the early 1990’s, Leonora is a graduate Teacher from London’s Royal Ballet; a teacher, choreographer, writer, lecturer, consultant and co-founder of ANCA Consulting Inc. and the non-profit ANCA Foundation.
Leonora’s writings and direct teaching on the cognitive development of autistic children have made her a sought after teacher and speaker. Her tireless support of autistic children and adults has impacted greatly on the lives of Autistic People throughout Canada and the U.S.A. Leonora has been teaching children and adults for over 30 years.
We are proud to share her story of success!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I have always been interested in entrepreneurship since observing local small businesses in the small borough where we lived in the UK, and watching the African women in Ghana, and Asian women in Asia use their domestic skills to be employed whether cooking food and selling it, housekeeping, dressmaking, toy making, arts and crafts. I learned from them at the age of 8 years (which is when I started to be enterprising for myself in this entrepreneurial spirit), as well as being supported to think in an entrepreneurship manner by my parents and watching how my elder sibling (5 yrs older) was being supported to do the same.
What’s the best part about owning your own business?
Flexibility and expansion with schedules and creativity, as well as involving family – the business being the opportunity to avail itself as a support structure which embraces the life line of the family in all manner of interactive and evolving ways.
Can you describe a typical day?
In the old days pre-WWW, I always got up around 4-5am (still do), family first (myself or when I had my son, he came first), the normal daily life of personal care, breakfast etc. Today I have the same routine but additionally check emails and social media, website etc, and respond to all. Meal times and family provide the benchmark of my day, then comes the environment, then the expansion to clientele and business outreach (locally, nationally and around the world) to achieve the goals and objectives for any project we may be working on at any given time. I always take a 15 min break between each hour or hour an half to maintain alignment in my day. Dinner winds down our day and then family conversations, check emails, social media last thing at night. I go to sleep with joy and feeling blessed.
Who do you count on for help?
I have always had a beautiful network of friends and family, and friends who are my extended family here in Canada and now around the world. We have a pool of volunteers as well.
Have you ever had to sacrifice something at home for work? Or vice versa?
My fifty years of success is about achieving the expansion of new ideas for the world in my contribution whether it is the BodyTrack system I created post Royal Ballet, London England, or in choreography launching new inspirations in the hair and fashion industries, or in working with parents, children and paraprofessionals/professionals within the autistic community (of which I am and my whole family is a member of). I am an optimist and I actualize what I create as part of my whole life – I have not really thought of anything I do as a sacrifice – rather, it is a natural way of life or ‘lifestyle’. It is the best way for me was to be an entrepreneur in order to achieve this ‘lifestyle’ where there is no separation or even the idea of the word work – rather an ebb and flow of life’s gifts, which makes it very exciting and energizing for all involved.
What do you do on a day off? Do you even know what a day off is?
We live our life and connect with our business outreach every day, however, there is no traditional division between work and life – all is life and has always been that way for me since a child. This was the same for my parents whom I also modelled. I do however, take many moments of personal time and family time throughout every day. We are not traditional vacationers… we do travel as a family and do enjoy new environments
Are you active in your community? What does supporting local mean to you?
I have always been an active member of any community I have lived (environmentally) and all communities I am involved with culturally. We as a company have always employed locally and promoted local talent whether ‘artisan’, ‘artists both visual and performing’, businesses in the traditional sense (as examples; such as our local print company, local layout designer, fashion stores, design stores, hotels and motels), both small and large businesses as well as entrepreneurial, and many, many others. Supporting means exactly that – providing the support in all manner of ways that local communities are seeking from reaching out, to giving of resources or connecting them to resources etc…
Name another entrepreneur who inspires you.
I was inspired by Suki Takagi among a myriad of many. Suki is the Founder of Suki’s Hair and Spa Salon as well as School. I watched her open her business, and expand over the past 43 years and experienced first hand how she embraced creativity, lifestyle of work and family and life as one whole life seamlessly and effortlessly and full of JOY. Meeting her and creating with her (I choreographed her first international Hair Show in Wembley, London, England to be showcased on the World Stage), I learned first hand by experience how one can be seamless and contribute beauty to the world whilst earning a living – taking care of family and merging it all into a beautiful, joyful lifestyle!
What does the future look like for you and your business?
A continuation of expansion throughout the world. Our original consulting work for the Autistic Community has expanded globally through our World Autism Festival, which encompasses an international AWARDS – a World Trade Show – Cultural inclusivity – certification workshops in education from innovators across the world at a grass roots level – productions and beautiful gatherings with live entertainments, international cuisine, media and so much more. Each annual event is accompanied with our international magazine which highlights and promotes the bridged partnerships in business in culture and local, national and international communities. Our film CONNECTED: A film about autistic people ‘You will Never look at people the same way again’ has hit the world stage on the festival circuit; with the film we will expand to television and online TV. We are expanding the AWAF (ANCA World Autism Festival) into three regions to cover the world countries and involvement as regional events as well as the continuation and growth of the international annual event. We continue to expand our employment base at the same time increasing local, national and international partnerships. To leave a Legacy for the Autistic Community in which anyone, any business, any culture may be a contributing part of. To leave in this Legacy something for humanity which serves the higher purpose of humanity on this planet and in this beautiful world of human beings and nature combined.
Any tips for moms thinking of starting a business?
The best ‘tip’ I offer anyone who wishes to be an entrepreneur is LOVE what it is you are offering the world. I do not encourage anyone to develop a business for a focus on money, rather I encourage a focus of enlightenment, of creativity, of joyful interactions and expansion of the product or service which would be one’s passion and ignition toward entrepreneurship. Stay true to yourself, believe, have faith, discipline, and compassion. Above anything else ENJOY, HAVE FUN!
Just In (September 25, 2016, Kazakhstan)
Just In (September 24, 2016, Canada)
2016 Nominee for the INAP AWARDS, wins Race in Ottawa today!!! Congratulations Tommy!!! delegates will get to meet Tommy at the 7th annual World Autism Festival in Vancouver, BC, Canada Sept 30 – Oct 5, 2016!
Just In (September 24, 2016, Taiwan – Canada)
Just In (September 23, 2016, Canada)
Just In (September 22, 2016, Dubai)
NEWS JUST IN! Jean Nicol Founder of the Eating Game - fantastic program for kids and families, the program goes to Dubai!!
Just In (September 17, 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland)
Inna Sergiyenko, Counsel for Autism Europe, 2014 INAP AWARD recipient for Community Mentor, founder of Child with Future and ANCA World Ambassador representing Ukraine, speaking at the AE World Congress 2016 hosted by NAS, presenting the film CONNECTED: A film about autistic people
Just In (September 16, 2016, Canada)
TV Commercials from Rompost TV and Shaw TV Canada showcasing our upcoming ANCA World Autism Festival 2016
Just In (September 10, 2016, USA)
Just In (September 06, 2016, Canada)
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Just In (September 05, 2016, Canada)
Yarmouth’s Joshua Cochrane was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was 18 months old. His mother, Ann Harrington, noticed he was unable to sit up and was watching the world instead of connecting.
She took him to the doctor and after discussing possible therapies, they went with early intervention. The service, according to Autism Speaks, can vary depending on the person, but it can improve the learning, communication and social skills of someone with autism.
Cochrane wasn’t interested in the therapy, but when music was turned on he paid attention. His therapist put his mother in touch with Deanna McCarron at Kidzact Association in Yarmouth, who works with children with disabilities.
It was a slow process, but Cochrane soon took his first steps in the class and sang to whatever music was playing.
They started developing the musical talent over the years through singing competitions and performing for fundraisers. He then started fundraising on his own for organizations including IWK Children’s Hospital and Relay for Life. He has raised more than $300,000 to date.
Cochrane said he likes being able to help people through performance to make them feel better.
“It makes me really sad to see them sick and hurt or anything like that, so I do charities to fix that and it makes me very happy,” said Cochrane.
After several years of performing, Cochrane stood up in front of a crowd of people in Yarmouth when he was seven and sang Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
Video of the performance was posted on YouTube and his mother was eventually contacted by “someone” to send information about her son, which wound up in the hands of the ANCA World Autism Festival.
Shortly after, the family got a call Cochrane was a finalist for a performing arts award at the 2014 festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He’s now heading to the 2016 festival Sept. 30 in Vancouver with his family, though due to challenges the family has faced he and his mother have started a GoFundMe page.
Approximately $3,800 is being raised for hotel and flights. If the family is unable to raise this amount before they leave, they plan to take out a loan. The whole family, including Cochrane’s sisters Chaya and Kate Harrington, is going because Kate, who also has autism, has been nominated for an award in the visual arts.
Recent illnesses in the family have prevented Cochrane from doing his usual fundraising, which would see him go to businesses asking for sponsorship and educating them about autism.
In addition to living with the disability, Cochrane has neurofibromas — tumours which grow on the nerves — and gastroparesis, which can slow or stop movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. It’s resulted in Cochrane being on feeding tubes and IVs in the past.
His 15-year-old sister was also recently diagnosed with chromosome 17 duplication syndrome which resulted in her developing epilepsy and heightening her sensory issues.
And most recently, his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer and his uncle suffered a heart attack.
With everything that has happened, Harrington’s hope is the festival will help rebuild both Cochrane and Kate’s confidence because of what the festival did for her son in the past.
Harrington said when they went abroad, it helped him learn more about himself as an autistic person and introduced him to people across the spectrum.
“He just thought there’s one autistic kid and that’s him and that’s how the world was,” said Harrington.
Cochrane said he also was exposed to the treatment of autism in other countries.
“I get to learn a whole bunch about other cultures and about how other cultures are diagnosed differently from here,” said Cochrane.
In 2015, he was invited back to the festival, also in Vancouver, not only to receive awards but to sing the Canadian national anthem and be the country’s ambassador.
This year, Cochrane will take on the same roles as well as be a host of the seventh annual show and possibly receive more awards he has been nominated for.
Leonora Gregory-Collura is one of the co-founders of British Columbia-based Naturally Autistic ANCA, which holds the festival each year.
The festival was created to recognize autistic people and their contributions to society and has seen mayors, diplomats and other national and international delegates attend. It’s expected 26 countries will be represented for the 2016 event.
She said the festival has become an experience of culture, inclusivity and celebration.
“When you get the culture of autistic people together, you have an energy that just is not the same in mainstream,” said Gregory-Collura, the festival’s president.
Gregory-Collura added Cochrane was chosen both years to be ambassador because of the work he and his family have accomplished.
“The backstory of that family is remarkable. The challenges they face, how they overcome them and continue to look at the positive light in their life,” said Gregory-Collura.
Despite the challenges, Harrington said they plan to go to the festival even if the GoFundMe campaign does not succeed. She said the most important part about bringing her children to the event, especially Kate, is to continue exposing them to new experiences and learning more about their disability.
However, she said, in Cochrane’s opinion they’re learning about their abilities.
“He says there’s no ‘dis’ in it because once you always find what the person can do, they can do anything,” said Harrington. “If you strive on the strengths, you’re going to succeed no matter what you do. You’re going to succeed.”
To donate to Cochrane’s GoFundMe page, click here
Just In (August 28, 2016, Canada)
Connected the film has just been officially selected for the COMMFFEST (film festival) in Toronto!
Just In (August 27, 2016, Australia)
Just In (August 17, 2016, England, UK)
Local advocate and 2016 Official Nominee for the prestigious international award, Joely Colmer from the UK hits mainstream media recognition for all her accomplishments in society!
Just In (August 5, 2016, Kazakhstan)
2015 recognition awards recipient representing Kazakhstan, Alibek Karatay newspaper article
Just In (August 3, 2016, UK)
I have just watched ‘Connected’ the Documentary and loved it! I attended ‘Connected’ the event in Scotland for part of the week 2016 I met some wonderful individuals and families of children on the autism spectrum It was a #feelgoodfactor few days I love the start of the film Leonora Gregory-Collura where you talk about meeting Charlie Collura. Congratulations on receiving a nomination for Best Documentary at the International Film Festival.I didn’t expect to see myself giving a presentation and was proud to see James Hobley our young charity Patron and his brother George talk about their experiences growing up and they have grown to be fine young men.
Just In (August 1-6, 2016, Global)
Nominated BEST DOCUMENTARY at the HIFF Hoboken International Film Festival NOW Official Selection for ONline Screening at the Lift-Off Global Network Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival August 1-6, this week only – and please vote by making your comments after viewing the film here are current reviews link on our Media release Jean Nicol
Autistic Film “CONNECTED” Screening at the Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival 2016
Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 http://vancouver-online.lift-off-festivals.com/
Message from Officials of the Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival 2016
Your film has been selected to screen online, during the Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival 2016. Your film will be available for viewing on Vimeo On-Demand as part of a series of films that make up Vancouver Lift-Off Online Festival 2016 from Monday Aug 1st and it will be live until Saturday August 6th.
CONNECTED: A Film About Autistic People. Countering media depictions of autistic people, this documentary offers fresh questions about the nature of human development; our understanding of intelligence; what it means to be social and the implications of living in a conformist driven society.
The film was produced & directed by Vancouver film maker, Sonia Suvagau with original score composed by Sebastian Hugeneck of Sonia Productions
Executive Producers Leonora Gregory-Collura and Charlie Collura, Co-Founders of the ANCA® World Autism Festival™
Filmed on location in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Sunshine Coast BC Canada (Filming on location by Producer Paul Hurley of Handface Productions UK) this documentary features the following INAP AWARD winners’ cast from around the world:
Tammy Klein USA, Phoebe Murer USA, Diane Bernstein and Jeremy Bernstein USA, Russell Lehmann USA, Yvonne Mikulencak USA, Erdal Ates TURKEY, Inna Sergiyenko UKRAINE, Rod Morris UK, Anna Kennedy UK, Orko Roy INDIA, Jeremy Samson AUSTRALIA, Dr. Benjamin Schogler SCOTLAND, James Hobley UK, Joshua Cochrane CANADA, Matthew Williams UK, Curran Dobbs CANADA, April Dawn Griffin CANADA, Dr Lars Perner USA
View Official CONNECTED Film Trailer
Tommy Wang’s Interview with Leonora Gregory-Collura
Saskatchewan Woman Featured in Autism Documentary
Kelly Green from Autism Highway
CONTACT : Jean Nicol – Communications Director – Naturally Autistic®ANCA®
Just In (August 02, 2016, USA)
Just In (July 15, 2016, Italy)
Lisa Perini, Treviso (Italy) – 2016 nominee for the INAP AWARDS, (international naturally autistic people awards) at the ANCA World Autism festival 7th annual event.
“Red poetic thoughts”
… “I am deeply fascinated by the red color, red is like love to me. I do not mean absolutely represent the war and violence in my paintings and my installations, although they have so much red that looks like blood, but I intend to represent a nature idealized by me and harmony in the world between people and animals … “…
Just In (July 15, 2016, Wales)
2016 nominee representing “Excellence in Technology” representing Wales, UK. Craig Quat founder of Quat Props will be conducting and introductory workshop and a hands on interactive workshop at the 7th annual ANCA World Autism festival “Juggling for the Masses” – below is a poster of a recent last Spring. FB group for workshop Oct 3 & 4, 2016
Craig Quat is known within juggling and clinical industries as a renowned theorist and world practitioner of social circus which promotes inclusion. He investigates developmental effects of juggling in education by focusing on adaptive educational methods in order to promote and support greater inclusivity of circus. He is recognized for developing the specialized equipment known as Quat Props that helps make juggling more accessible to people of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds. His unique learning style contributes many progressions over traditional methods of instruction to enhance the overall quality of learning for everyone.
Just In (July 11, 2016, ANCA Canada)
NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: “CHALK-IT-FOR-AUTISM” an ANCA Global Initiative developing awareness for “Autistic Culture” around the world will KICK-OFF for our Global Chapters at the 7th annual ANCA World Autism Festival this year click Workshop LINK and this link to register (in partnership with AutismHWY.com “CHALK-IT-FOR-AUTISM” around the world!)
Limited space for this workshop, and the general public and delegates will have an opportunity to participate during the Inaugural World trade Show on Saturday October 1. Visit exhibitors registration page
We are honored to announce that ANCA Global Chapters will be opening soon in California, USA; Turkey and in Asia… stay tuned to our ANCA Global Chapter pages for updates.
Just In (July 10, 2016, ANCA Canada)
The International Committee of the ANCA World Autism festival to be held for the 7th annual event in Vancouver, BC, Canada predicts “GLOBAL IMPACT” of “Cultural Connections” this year… click this link to register
Just In (July 6, 2016, Brazil)
Just In (July 4, 2016, Turkey)
Every year, we witness “outstanding talent and achievements” by autistic people around the globe, by their families and organisations who truly understand the objective of celebrating each individual’s talent, gifts and strengths… This young man from Turkey is a model for one of London’s (England) top fashion houses. TY Mediha Tarim Sener for your contribution to making our 7th annual event so special and remarkable!
Just In (July 3, 2016, Philippines & Turkey)
Just In (July 1, 2016, USA)
Russell Lehmann, motivational speaker who happens to be autistic and who has overcome many challenges. A published author and 2013 INAP recipient for Literary Arts. You can view his website and watch footage of his speaking and his Red Carpet interview at the prestigious International Naturally Autistic People AWARDS in Canada in 2013 with Rompost Television.
Just In (June 30, 2016, Indonesia)
Sent in to ANCA Newsworld by Olivia Hana – ANCA Newsworld 2016 will focus the first week of July showcasing submissions from Indonesia
Zephania Tulus Gurning
Liebesträume No.3 (Love Dream)
World Autism Festival ANNOUNCEMENT:
The ANCA World Autism Festival TM will be introducing the FIRST ever, World Autism FILM FESTIVAL in 2016 with films from Japan ‘For the Love of Life’ (Film Maker Hanae Uchida), USA (Film Makers Kathy O Lofton I am A Caregiver) and Art Camp – Beau Brians, Canada CONNECTED Film Maker Sonia Suvagau, India, Greece and Video Screenings from Italy and the Philippines. This is very exciting and we want to ‘thank’ our Official Host Hotel for all their support and coordination for our upcoming event! Stay tuned to our Registration Page and upcoming Venue page for Sept 30-Oct 5, 2016.
Stay tuned for future announcements about the AWAF outreach into regional world districts starting 2017…….
Just In (June 22, 2016, USA)
NEWS JUST IN FROM Michael Buckholtze, 2012 INAP AWARDS Recipient for Entrepreneur (International Naturally Autistic People AWARDS) at the World Autism Festival: “I’ve been officially invited to be a panelist at the The Autism Society of America‘s 47th National Conference in New Orleans. My face will be in the place! Big shout out to New York Times Best Selling Author, Steve Silberman (a keynote speaker at this event) for recommending me. Thanks, man!”
Just In (June 19, 2016, International)
BREAKING NEWS: The International Judges for the 7th INAP AWARDS have completed their review of every single nomination from 26 countries that was submitted for 2016. As we say every year, it gets more expansive each year… so many wonderful delegates are already preparing for sponsors, and their travel to represent their Country at this year’s annual World Autism Festival and Premiere [Inaugural] World Trade Show! We want to take this time today to thank ALL nominees for their submissions by their nominators and to ALL our international Judges on the panel, as often told to us by the well over 60 Judges to date – ALL nominees are WINNERS!!! CONGRATULATIONS to everyone, looking forward to meeting you and to growing the ANCA Family in it’s global expansion Sept 30 – Oct 5, 2016!
Just In (June 19, 2016, USA)
In Pasadena this weekend, 600 Chalk Artists gather for the 24th annual Chalk Festival. Chalk Artist Kelly Green, founder of AutismHWY.com chose our film CONNECTED: A film about autistic people POSTER – the theme for this festival is film posters. We are so honored, later today, she will be interviewed on ANCA Radio about the experience.
Just In (June 19, 2016, USA)
Just In (June 15, 2016, New Zealand)
Salam Foxx of New Zealand – Official Recipient of the (INAP) International Naturally Autistic People AWARD, representing new Zealand for the Performing Arts. Read about Salem in the Naturally Autistic magazine featured article. CONGRATULATIONS Salam!
Just In (June 15, 2016, USA)
At AutismHWY.com we don’t just walk the walk or talk the talk we also chalk the chalk! We CHALK what we believe IN……
The AutismHWY we roll on is chalked UP with street art for diversity. Calling attention to artful texts that need viewing in a mainstream festival environment. Enlightening dismal societal Autism views that have darkened the last century for Autistic people and those of us that love them.
CONNECTED: Nominated BEST Documentary at the Hoboken International Film Festival, NY, USA
This year’s Pasadena chalking event is this weekend and once again I will be chalking up what I believe IN. I will be replicating The Movie Poster for the amazing NEW Documentary‘Connected: A Film About Autistic People’ produced by Charlie and Leonora Collura directed by Sonia Suvagau. I had the pleasure of attending it’s screening at the Life Fest Film Festival in Los Angeles at the end of April. I was completely wowed and reviewed the film here. Such love, light and reality. Something that is all too often very hard to find in the Autism industry. As we have repeatedly told our readers: Easy to find when you go to the source…Autistic people, of course!
Just In (June 15, 2016, Australia)
Jean-Louis is Ambassador for ANCA promoting another passion. Participating in the Australian D of E Community Across Australia. Please like and spread the video since he may win a prise for his efforts. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia Vote for your favourites and help us select the winner! In February, we launched the DUKEFEST 2016 Video Competition, and have shortlisted 7 videos for your feedback! To be able to vote ‘Like’ The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – AustraliaFacebook page and ‘Like’ the videos that you think represents the Award the best. You can like more than one video. ‘Share’ our post with your friends on your Facebook wall, and get them involved!
Remember, your ‘Like’ will only count if you are following The Duke of Ed Facebook page. Voting closes Wednesday 22nd June 5pm EST.
Here is our fifth entry. ‘Like’ the video if you want to see it in the finals! Watch more videos on our Facebook page.
(Note: To keep a track of all the ‘Likes’, your Facebook friends must ‘Like’ the original post on our page. The final decision will be made by the judging panel, but will consider audience favourites).
Just In (June 12, 2016, NYC, USA)
NEWS JUST IN from New York City: Our communications director received an email this weeked from a film festival in NYC – apparently they would like to screen the film at their upcoming festival in march 2017! Will keep you all posted as things move along… the film has certainly acquired a lot of attention which we were not expecting, we just wanted to reach mainstream to share the truth about being autistic directly from and by the people themselves
Just In (June 11, 2016, Int’l)
NEWS JUST IN: 16 countries out of nominations submitted representing 26 countries, have been selected into the final Judging for the 7th annual International naturally Autistic People AWARDS (INAP). CONGRATULATIONS to all nominations and all countries! Click to register to attend this WORLD AUTISM FESTIVAL EVENT with the first World Autism Trade Show Exhibitors ever to be held!
Just In (June 10, 2016, UK)
Craig Quat, 2016 nominee for Excellence in Technology seen here with Queen Elizabeth – showcasing his brilliant technology for Juggling! Thanks to the Viktor Kee Foundation and Viktor Kee, we had the opportunity at the World Autism Festival for VK Ambassador Francisco Varela to showcase Craig’s technology and as well Francisco taught the most powerful workshop of “juggling for all!” This year, we aim to up the workshop and teach how to use and make this technology for all with a special guest surprise too!!
Facilitated and demonstrated by researcher Kali Barawi (pictured left).
Thanks to all supports of juggling here in Cardiff. — Posted by Craig Quat