The team at SentioLife Solutions thanks Jodi Murphy, founder of Geek Club Books, for this excellent guest post she titled “Changing How the World Views Autism”.
Geek Club Books focuses on innovative, entertaining autism education. The Mighty web site explains that Geek Club Books tells the stories of autism through apps, curriculum, digital media, and webisodes to change perceptions and end stigmas surrounding autism. Ms. Murphy has a team of autistic adults who work on everything Geek Club Books creates. Jodi dreams of a world where those on the autism spectrum are valued and given every opportunity to share their gifts with the world.
Geek Club Books is a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit with creative autism education and empowerment mission. They ignite hearts and open minds through autism stories so all individuals with autism have every opportunity in this world to shine.
The Geek Club Books’ site has information for everyone:
- Parents and Autistic Individuals
- Educators and Therapists
- Volunteers, Benefactors, Caring Companies
Guest Post by Jodi Murphy
“Changing How the World Views Autism”
The key to opening the door to our children’s futures is to capture the hearts and minds of those outside the autism community. We must move them past ‘awareness’ into a deeper understanding and human connection to those on the autism spectrum. When we can create a compassionate environment, our children will have opportunities to contribute their talents and abilities to the world.
I am a mother of an adult son on the autism spectrum—more specifically he is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. When he was growing up, there were very few programs and support services for children like him. As a family, we used our own creativity to pioneer solutions for his particular needs. Today he is thriving and working with me to help other autism families.
We’re from the Bay Area, where innovative, out-of-the-box thinking is mandatory. So when we decided to put our energy into our unique brand of advocacy, Geek Club Books, an autism nonprofit was born. We seek to change perceptions about autism by giving the public authentic views of life on the spectrum. We’re doing it in entertaining and engaging ways. Think of us as a creative studio. We produce interactive digital comics, story apps, curriculum, inspirational e-books, blog articles and educational video shorts. We use digital media, app technology, and social media to reach people where they enjoy hanging out and spending their time. Our hope is to start the conversations—at the dinner table, in classrooms, on the playground, in the workplace—that will ultimately lead to more compassionate, open and welcoming communities for our unique children.
Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the work we’ve been doing:
- The Mighty League Digital Comic Series – These digital comics are based on true stories and teach children about autism, friendship and acceptance. Mighty League 1 has an anti-bullying theme and Mighty League 2 touches on the anxiety over attending a new school.
- Our Bluebee TeeVee Autism Information Station is a series of fun, educational video shorts about autism written, acted, filmed, and edited by two talented young men on the spectrum. The videos are hosted on a YouTube channel and are also available for download. Each episode comes with a parent/teacher guide.
- Autism EDU is a collection of tools to help teachers and parents bring the topics of autism into the classroom. The Friendship Kit shows how to create a successful Lunch Buddy Program.
- The Penfriend Project is our team of autistic blog contributors who express their thoughts and personal points-of-views in their own monthly columns. We understand autism when we read it through their words and see it through their eyes.
My son and our other talented autistic contributors embody our nonprofit’s message to the autism community and the community-at-large…Be who you are, be accepting of yourself and others who may be different than you. There is a place for you so don’t be afraid to share who you are with the world. YOU matter.
Join the conversation and share your story at www.geekclubbooks.com or on our Geek Club Books Facebook community at www.facebook.com/GeekClubBooks. There are exclusive benefits for signing up for our free membership at www.geekclubbooks.com/email-sign-up including our autism resource guide, digital comic, inspirational e-books and more.
Follow Geek Club Books: