Autism Unveiled Week 4
I’m Joel Anderson, a resident of rural Fallbrook, California, I have a passion for art, animation, and advocating for people with autism and special needs around the world.
I was among the 1 in 1,500 children diagnosed with Autism when I was three years old in 1993. I started a hobby of drawing at age 5 and painting at age 11. When I was 13 years old, I started my own business called “Joel’s Vision Arts”, which sells my art on cards, prints, t-shirts, original artwork and giclees, and the book I wrote and illustrated ~ “Medieval Trio Tales” , it teaches kids about how to stick up for someone in need and to be a friend and not a bully.
I have been volunteering for the Autism Tree Project Foundation for 12 years, they have become a client of mine who commission me to make lots of art for their event. In 2013, I was awarded as Volunteer of the Decade for Autism Tree Project. In 2010 I was honored to receive an award from The International Naturally Autistic People Awards “ ANCA” in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada for my community achievement.
I have spoken to kids of all ages from preschool to University students and adults about autism awareness and acceptance. Now I also encourage companies and business owners to hire people on the autism spectrum. We all have so much to give.
It has been an honor for me to speak Internationally in China, Canada and across the USA.
I want my art to make people smile and to give them hope.
You have a purpose!
Can you smile? That is a gift to someone!
Can you sing? That can soothe someone’s soul.
Do you dance or create some type of art? This can share joy!
How about numbers and details? So many companies need people
with these amazing skills
I encourage you to never give up and enjoy the journey. Yes, there are hard days, my OCD and Autism can be very difficult for me, but I choose to persevere. If you ever need encouragement, please feel free to contact me.
Joel Anderson, California
Joels website is www.joelsvisionarts.com
Joel is part of the Autism Unveiled Project – 6 weeks of Autism commencing on April 2, 2015, World Autism Awareness Day.