Hello wonderful people of the internet! My name is Amanda (aka Anomaly Latchkey in Facebookland) and this is my daughter, Azrael. Azrael is 9-years-old turning 10 later this month and was recently diagnosed with Autism (ASD.) She has always been quite advanced for her age, especially when it comes to creating artwork; whether it is painting, pencil drawing, or digital art. She advances more each day in technique and is always researching new ways to hone her art style.
￼(She's so very silly)
I have been on disability for the better part of my adult life due to physical and mental limitations that render me unable to work consistently or efficiently in most positions - unlike Azrael, I slipped through the cracks. We struggle a lot financially with just our basic needs and I want the best for my daughter and wish to invest in her abilities (and hoping others do, too) so she may flourish in her beautiful, creative ways.
￼(When she was showcased in an art show)
I've seen others use this website and others like it, but was never really sure about using it for something so material, but honestly, this is my daughter's life and she will grow up to do work in this field and this is my way of encouraging her to never give up. I've always done my best to save and spend money on the "good art supplies," but something like this is extremely out of my price range and would take years to save for.
￼ (Rare moment on camera when she's smiling)
When it comes to your child with limited interests, all you want to do is highlight those interests and give large amounts of praise toward their love toward it. She doesn't always think that she is good enough and is a huge critic when it comes to what she does, but I never give up on her and won't ever let her give up on herself.
My smallest goal is wanting to purchase the Apple iPad Pro (12.6 inch display) for her to give her the newest technology to do what she does best - create. We may not be able to get the full amount before her birthday, but if we are even able to raise that amount at all, it would be a miracle and we would be forever grateful. The biggest goal is potentially saving money toward furthering her education in the arts once she has completed high school. If you can, please donate to the future of art for this amazingly brilliant little girl. Please and thank you from the both of us - and the cat, too. <3