People of Diversity,
P.O.D.S. is Art of Autism’s ongoing photo and interview database showcasing the diversity of people who color the autism spectrum.
1: the condition of having or being composed of differing elements: VARIETY; especially: the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization
2: an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities: an instance of being diverse
• a diversity of opinion
Interested in submitting? Just inquire at the email above. You’ll be asked to submit a photo, a link to your interests, artwork or blog (optional); and answer a few questions about what you are passionate about.
“I go to another place in my brain when I create. I know the brain reaches a theta wave state during creative expression and I know art in all its forms is a meditation of sorts. But for me, it’s even more than that; it’s necessary, especially when I’ve had high periods of social interactions or extreme stress. My spouse was enduring a terminal illness that lasted several years and eventually ALS took his life. I couldn’t go to my creative place in my head by painting artworks during this timeframe, because I was consumed with his care. So I mimed instead, around my house and as I cared for him; and mime is also art; so this worked because I was often mute and mimes don’t speak!” – Kimberly Gerry Tucker
Video clips: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kimberly+gerry+tucker
“I am a words person. I always have been. While other kids carried around toy trucks and Barbie dolls, I was never without a book. It was not until my autism diagnosis at age 36 that I realized that words were more special to me than most. It turns out I am, and always have been hyperlexic and hyperverbal. If I am not reading words, I am usually thinking them and speaking them. But my preference is to take this unusual strength I have with words, and create. Words are beautiful and when put together is just right the order, they make a beautiful symphony of experience. Words allow you to give substance to ideas, thoughts, dreams, and nightmares. It is when I am writing that my thoughts are most clear. It is when I am writing that I am the most me.” – Becca Lory, CAS BCCS
“Art helps me to cope with everyday stress and to come out of the emotional pain of the past. I do painting, writing, poetry, stories, photography, plays and short movies. Here is a poem I wrote about dogs:
They can hear my soul.
I can hear their soul.
I can be expressive in front of them without the fear of judgement. I can cry, I can laugh, I can smile, I can talk about my dreams, I can be silent… etc.
They won’t judge me. They have never judged me. They never bothered that I was a drug addict and an Aspie. They didn’t try to change me. They have never tried behaviour modification with me. They accept me as who I am and how I am. They love me unconditionally.
Dogs, I see God in them.”- Linish Balan