Autism Spectrum Comic Strip Artist
MESSAGE FOR THE MOMS
AUTISM KIDS CAN BE ATHLETES, ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS, I am living proof of that!
I have raised over $4000, and self published a book, played trumpet in a marching band that was invited to march in our nations 4th of July Parade, auctioned off my art to benefit acceptance education in our schools, spoke to thousands of students, teachers, administrators and coaches about Autism Spectrum Acceptance and now I am starting a non-profit called 3A.M. to benefit Autistic Artist, Athletes and Musicians, just like me!
More about me:
I am one of the many faces of the autism spectrum. I have Asperger's Syndrome and it makes me as unique as the spelling of my name Qamdhyn (pronounced "Camden"). Allow me to introduce myself my name is Qamdhyn Jameraequoi Hale and I am 16 year old student attending Antelope Crossing Middle School, located in Northern California.
Though I have a vast vocabulary, walk with a noticeably odd gait and don't recognize most social cues; I appear "normal" to most, which has been to my disadvantage in many situations. You see, recognizing someone as being on the autism spectrum is not as easy as recognizing someone with a physical disability as seated in a wheel chair or noticing someone is from another country, because of their accent:the autism spectrum on the visual surface appears quite transparent. Some of my mannerisms, such as lack of eye contact come off as disrespectful to adults or "weird" to my peers.
During my time in elementary school, I found that drawing calmed me and helped me focus on what my teachers were teaching; and in the pages of the many spiral note books that assisted me through elementary school was born, characters Asp and Norm. And with these two characters, I am developing a comic strip series outlining my experience as a person on the autism spectrum, my key characters Asp and Norm through their day to day experiences, show and explain how I view my interaction as someone with "Asperger's", with a "Normal" person/people. In addition, show how people with any type of autism no matter what part of the spectrum, should be accepted instead of tolerated (you tolerate pain or negative things, acceptance like love has no conditions.) It is my hope that my comic strip, Asp and Norm will provide some much needed insight and serve as a teaching tool in a light and fun way that everyone can understand the simplicity of a relationship with someone who is part of the autism spectrum.
PHASE 1 IS COMPLETED:
PHASE 1: My first project is to take Asp and Norm's message of Acceptance to schools grades K-12, as I believe comic strips transcends any age and can deliver a very heavy message in a way that is light and well received by all. This will entail putting finishing content of book, editing, publishing and initial local book tour.
Thank you all for your support. All donations of $100 will receive a copy of my Asp & Norm: Educate
It's been sometime since I have given an update. I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving holiday. I spent mine surrounded by great food and awesome family and friends!
Just wanted to let you all know I am STILL about my mission on educating others on Autism Spectrum Acceptance. I have already spoken to over 1200 students this year, so I have already surpassed last years number and still have a few speaking engagements before the end of the year!
I wanted you all to be the first to know that I am launching my non-profit early next year "3A.M." it is a non-profit to scholarship and benefit Autistic, Athletes, Artist and Musicians like myself (get it 3AM?). As you might know spectrum kids learn by repetition, establishing a routine...it takes us a lot of extra reps to master a task, whether it be a basketball play/drill, shading or line strokes on a drawing or correct aperture for your trumpet or clarinet. I believe that Spectrum kids are talented in many ways and given the opportunity to improve by being instructed in a way that they can understand or by being able to have one on one training (those extra reps) would level the playing field for individuals on the Spectrum. The financial burden of the extra training sessions, music lessons etc., usually falls on the parents of autistic children. Which is why 3A.M. will provide scholarships to pay for just that...those extra reps. My vision is to first be able to assist my fellow Spectrum peeps by gifting scholarships/sponsorships, but for it also to grow into a program that offers those training sessions in athletics, art and music.
Do you know a high function spectrum athlete, artist or musician? I want to hear about them! Please inbox me with a video link or pic. I would love to include them in an informational video about my non-profit and why it is need in the community.
I remain so grateful for everything I have been able to accomplished because you all believed in me and I am still going strong because of your support.
Starting a non-profit costs a lot of money and I am hoping that you all can assist me with this please donate as you see fit. I am also looking for board members for my non-profit as well. If you can participate in any way please do!
It's has been a while since I have sent an update, but rest assured that I am still about my mission of sharing the message of Autism Spectrum Acceptance! In fact this summer I have participated in several community fairs selling my book and educating on ASD.
On a different note I also broke my arm in a basketball tournament the early part of summer, no worries, no tears and I have recovered. I also continue to have my comic strip published in Antelope News and even consulted on a graphic/art project for trial medication for autism. In addition, I was included as a 2015 Pacer.org Champion Supporting and Promoting Bullying Prevention in my community! I was also an inaugural 2015 Capital City Legend Honoree for my work in Autism Acceptance and received a Community Service Award from the Placer County Youth Council
My focus and goal this year is to get my book into local schools to be used as a teaching tool and be able to have a copy for every participant in my ASD Acceptance Education presentations. It costs approximately $300 for a classroom of up to 40 students (that's less than $8 per student) to complete my Asp and Norm Educate on Autism Spectrum Acceptance experience. I am asking that you all consider fully or partially sponsoring a class or sharing my info with teachers, school staffs or administrators who might be interested in having my program at their schools.
All who provided email addresses received an autographed copy of Asp and Norm Educate on Autism Spectrum Acceptance. If you enjoyed the book and have shared it with others, I would ask that you please take a brief moment and write a review on Amazon. Here is the link https://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?ie=UTF8&asin=1942845839&ref_=acr_offerlistingpage_solicit# My book will also be on sale for just $6 on Amazon from July 24-31 spread the word or gift a book!
Thank you so much for your continued support!!!!
Until there is a cause or cure...we all have ACCEPTANCE today!
A portion of the proceeds for my book are funding scholarships for Autistic athletes, musicians and artists.
I am also excited for my next book project; my full length comic book Asp and Norm Educate The Universe. I will be introducing some new characters to the Asp and Norm Series.
I am counting on your continued support and belief in my vision of ASD Acceptance. My ASD Thumbs Up to Acceptance Movement is in full swing don't forget to watch the video and share it! I have had over 440 views since I launched it on february 1st. I am trying to get it viral my autism awareness month in April with 1 Million Views!!! PLEASE HELP me get this video viral ASD Thumbs Up: http://youtu.be/JdjKUl7k2Wg