Autism Hall of Fame (Awetism Hall of Fame)'s Blog

This is the official blog of the Autism Hall of Fame (Awetism Hall of Fame)


Selected Blog Posts

The list of our selected blog posts is constantly updated and most old posts will be periodically moved to the list of complete blog posts in order to keep the list of selected blog posts relatively short (or at least not too long). *For a complete list of our blog posts please go here.* We encourage you to visit our complete list, as it has many interesting old posts not listed here.

*Our Book “We Can – We Will (Autistic People Help the World)”*

*(Contemporary) Autistic Geniuses
A Brilliant Madness (John Nash)
A Life Inspired by an Unexpected Genius
*Abstract Art by Our Members
Accidental Genius (by Darold Treffert)
Acquired Savant Syndrome
Actors for Autism
Actually Autistic
*Amazing Autistic Ladies
Amazing Contemporary Autistic Artists
Anthony Hopkins and the Suffering Caused by Unrecognized Asperger’s
Anti-Bullying Month (with Art and Music)
Archery and Autism
Are Autistic Individuals the Best Workers Around?
*Art against Bullying
Asperger’s and IT
*Autism Hall of Fame (Awetism Hall of Fame)
*Autism Hall of Fame Art Gallery
*Autism Hall of Fame Awards
Autism’s Hidden Gifts
Autism and Mathematics
Autistic Athletes
Autistic People Are More Creative Than You Might Think
Autistic Savants
Autistic Scientists/Researchers
Awkward in Person, Graceful on the Page
Beautiful Poems about Inclusion
Beware of Those Who…
Bradley Turner (Autistic Opera Singer)
Bright, Imaginative and Autistic
Cameron Thompson
Carly
Child Prodigies and the Assault on Creativity
College Internship Program (CIP)
Concerns about Carly
Congratulations to…
Dandelions and Orchids
Daniel Tammet
*Deadline for Contributions to Our Book
*Donna Williams Bravery Award (Autism Heroes)
Donna Williams Bravery Award 2019
Dylan Pierce
Einstein and Autism
Fake News Band (Featuring Our Member Morgan Giosa)
*Famous Artists with Asperger’s
*Fifty Important Facts about Asperger’s or Other Forms of Mild Autism
Frank Ludwig’s Autism Appreciation
*Friendship Project*
From Autism to Artism (by Donna Williams)
*Future Projects
Genius Genes
Genius Program (Autism Academy)
Genius, Creativity and Savantism
*Great Women of Our Time
*Guidelines/Criteria for Inclusion in the Autism (Awetism) Hall of Fame
Henriett Seth F. (Rain Girl)
How Autism Helped Mahatma Gandhi Free India (by Frank Ludwig)
How to Nurture the Creative Minds of People on the Spectrum
Intense World Theory
International Asperger’s Day 2019
International Women’s Day 2019
Islands of Genius
Jake Barnett
James Hobley
Kim Peek (The Real Rain Man)
Maja’s Videos about Autism
Marie Faverio
Meltdowns
Michael Tolleson
Motivating Autistic Students
Movies and TV Series about Autism
Nominations for 2019 Awards
Normality
*Our Book Planned for 2019 (More Details)*
Outside the Box (Documentary Film about Morgan Giosa)
Oxford University at 6 (Joshua Beckford)
Pets Good for Autism
*Poetry by Our Members
Positive Aspects of Autism for Education
Prodigy or Savant?
Quick Announcement about Our Wiki
Random Acts of Kindness
Rethinking Autism: from Social Awkwardness to Social Creativity
Running with Autism: the Anthony Crudale Story
Scholarships for Autistic Students
Stephen Wiltshire
Taekwondo Black Belt (CJ Moore)
Temple Grandin on the Connection between Autism and Genius
*Thank You!
The Autistic Detective
The Autism of Asceticism and the Genius of the Monasteries
The Beautiful Otherness of the Autistic Mind
The Complexity of Greatness
The Curse of Genius
The Genesis of Artistic Creativity
The Good Doctor (TV Series Reviewed by Remrov)
The Mind of the Prodigy
The Power of Different: The Link between Disorder and Genius
The Power of Introverts
The Prodigy’s Cousin
The Twilight Zone
The Upside of Thinking Different: Asperger’s, ADHD and Enhanced Creativity
Top 10 Autistic Geniuses in History
Was Michelangelo’s Artistic Genius a Symptom of Autism?
Wasted Beautiful Minds
*We Are Here for YOU
Why High-Functioning Autism Is So Challenging
Women Who Don’t Know They Are Autistic
Wonderful Story
*Your News

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Anti-Bullying Month (with Art and Music)

October is anti-bullying month, and Marie and Morgan sent us their art and music representing how they feel when they are bullied. Their creations express fear, angst, desolation. Bullying is really, really horrible, even more so when sometimes the bullies are adults who either don’t understand difference or are jealous or have just problems in their lives that they cowardly take out on innocent, vulnerable people. Stand up to real values and say no to bullying! The 10th will also be World Mental Health Day. We are mentioning this because bullying obviously affects mental health, so it is important.

Marie sent us her art a long time ago when we were first looking for contributions and is currently unfortunately sick, so please keep her in your thoughts, particularly this month where we should all be united against bullying.

Marie Faverio

Slideshow of eight paintings created after being bullied:

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Morgan Giosa

In Morgan’s own words: “This was a piece of improvised music that I created with my guitar in GarageBand during a time of desperation. It just poured out, as an expression of deep sadness that needed to be exorcised from my soul. I had always hidden from my past reasonably well, but the demons stemming from abuse and bullying during my childhood and teenage years finally caught up with me, and this recording of a guitar basically crying out in melancholic anguish is the result of reconciling with my past and trying to drain the sadness in order to move forward. It is not one of my professional recordings or an example of my proper songwriting, and it is demo quality, but I figured this recording was appropriate to share for anti-bullying month.”

Thank you, Marie and Morgan.


Delays

Sorry about recent delays.
Someone upset me and I had to take a break, although I know that as an autism advocate and even activist I should be stronger (maybe I am not good enough?), but there are things that really upset me, like people who imply that autistic people don’t have the right genes (no matter what they do) and that I have passed on the wrong genes to my child (we are both autistic), and I sort of started to feel sick myself. There is nothing like right or wrong genes in the first place of course. It would be like saying that some people are right and some are wrong, which is a terrifying concept, and really, really wrong.

Don’t worry though – we will be back very soon! You rock! Don’t ever let anyone intimidate you. You really rock!!!


Vacation

Hi, everyone.

We just wanted to let you know that we are currently on vacation. We have actually been on vacation for a couple of days now. There will be delays with emails, but we will answer all emails when we are back of course, as every single email is important to us and we always answer all emails.

We should be back towards the end of August or the first week of September and will then start working on our online anti-bullying art exhibition (the deadline is September 20 and the exhibition will be in October).

Thank you, and enjoy summer too.

 

 


Art against Bullying

October is Anti-Bullying month, and we would like to contribute by creating an art gallery with art by autistic people that expresses the feelings (fear, anger, etc.) that bullying may cause. October 10 is also Mental Health Day, and we can certainly see a connection because bullying does cause mental health problems, so we can connect the two issues in our art gallery, although the main focus remains bullying. Bullying is bad and bullies are not strong. They are cowards.

We welcome contributions from both members of the Autism Hall of Fame and other autistic people. Please contact us at ahof_ceos at aol dot com if you wish to submit.

The deadline is September 20.

Thank you!


Fake News Blues Band (Featuring Our Member Morgan Giosa)

Hi, everyone.

Today we wanted to share this work by our member Morgan Giosa after he shared it with us. He formed a new band and they just released an album of original blues/jazz music this year. Here is a link to stream their album:

The album features Morgan on guitar and vocals, Frank Varela on lead and rhythm guitar, Bob Laramie on bass, Morgan’s brother Alex Giosa on drums, and special guests Jeremy Turgeon on trumpet and Deva Varela on harmonica.

Additionally, Morgan brought the same band together (plus special guests Jason LaPierre on guitar and trombone, Abe Puretz on keyboards, and Deva Varela on harmonica) for their debut live performance at Carmine’s Bar Grill & Stage in East Hartford, Connecticut. A video was filmed and you may watch it here (Morgan warns that the audio was recorded with a camcorder and is a bit loud, boomy, and muddy):

Morgan felt this video was important to share, as he suffers from stage fright and social anxiety, so he felt that it could inspire others on the spectrum with musical talent to see that performing live in the conventionally neurotypical setting of a bar is still a possibility if they put their mind and heart into it.

Photos from the debut live performance at Carmine’s Bar Grill & Stage:

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Thank you, Morgan!


The Curse of Genius

This is an interesting article about genius. Although it does not mention autism, we think many of us can identify, as the problems of genius mentioned in the article are often the problem of autism too, not only isolation and poor social skills, but also very sharp senses (they don’t mention “sensory overload” in the article, but that’s what it is and it appears that many geniuses suffer from sensory overload according to the article).

https://www.1843magazine.com/features/the-curse-of-genius?