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Donna Williams Bravery Awards 2018

Today, on the 1st anniversary of Donna Williams’s passing, we would like to honor three very brave autistic people with the Donna Williams Bravery Award announced last year. Thank you all for the nominations.

First of all, of course, we would like to remember and honor Donna, as this annual award has been created in her honor. She was an extremely brave woman who loved life and fought against her illness until the end. She has also certainly greatly enriched the world with her work, her autism advocacy and her charismatic personality. You will never be forgotten, Donna, and we are sure everybody will agree with us. We invite you to read some of her last blog posts (just before her passing), as well as her husband’s memorial speech, here.

Next we would like to honor (posthumously too) Steve Selpal,  who also passed away last year. Steve had a lot in common with Donna. He also fought bravely against cancer. He was also an artist and, like Donna, also interested in oriental philosophy. Some of his last artwork was centered on chakras, an extremely interesting concept. Donna was a Taoist. They both found relief in oriental philosophy and probably also the strength to face and fight against their illness and the challenges of life. We don’t know if Donna and Steve were friends, but they certainly could have been with so much in common.

If you know how to email their families and think that they would be interested in a bravery certificate honoring Donna and Steve, please ask them to email us and we will send them a certificate.

Last but certainly not least we would like to honor Marie Faverio. We have received quite a few nominations for her, including a very detailed one. While we cannot go into too many details here without her authorization, we can only say that we are deeply impressed by the bravery with which she has to face illness and pain on a daily basis without any support and also by the bravery with which she had to face bullies, false friends (who even allied with bullies behind her back) and incredibly ignorant doctors who made everything worse and attacked the autism community at large. She also suffered some really severe traumas in her life. Edit: We have been told (after we had written this blog post) that Marie is also interested in oriental philosophy, so it appears that she also shares a lot with Donna and Steve. Keep up your wonderful work, your autism activism and your kind spirit, Marie, and feel free to write if you need a friend or someone to talk to. Oh, you will get your certificate of course (we will copy your manager).

We love you all! You are legends!

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Donna Williams Bravery Award

We are excited to let you know that we have established a new annual award in honor of Donna Williams and other brave autistic people like her.

Donna passed away on April 22 this year (2017) after a brave fight against cancer.

We would like to honor other brave autistic people like her every year on April 22 with the “Donna Williams Bravery Award”.

The recipients of this award must be autistic of course, but must not necessarily be in the Autism Hall of Fame. In general this award will be conferred to only one person a year, but the first year (2018) more than one person might be honored (we don’t know for sure yet).

We invite you to send us your suggestions/nominations and/or to read the biographies of our members again.

Thank you, and we hope you are just as excited as we are.

 

Winners (in alphabetical order):

Marie Faverio (2018)

Steve Selpal (2018)

Donna Williams (2018)

 


Great Women of Our Time

Good news for our ladies!

We have been contacted by Sarah, a student who is writing a paper on great women of our time. She has compiled a list of great women of our time based on other lists she has found, including our website/list of amazing autistic ladies.

She said that she was particularly impressed by our ladies (all of them), considering the challenges they have to face in daily life. She has already added a few of our ladies and asked us if we could suggest a few more ladies. We would like to ask you whom you would like to nominate for inclusion on her list.

You can either let us know or contact Sarah directly if you prefer, but you will still have to contact us for her email address, as Sarah prefers not to have her email address published due to spammers.

We think this is exciting!


Very Sad News

We are very saddened to announce that our member Donna Williams, who had terminal cancer, passed away on April 22, 2017.

Please read her husband’s post here and take the time to reflect on her life and her beautiful work as well as on her extraordinary attitude in daily life and her brave battle against cancer.

RIP, Donna. You will be terribly missed


Abstract Art by Our Members

Autistic artists can certainly paint abstract art, and very impressively! Autistic artists are just as diverse as neurotypical artists and can paint both photorealistic art and abstract art and anything in between!

Here is a selection of our members’ abstract art (in alphabetical order):

Trent Altman

Marie Faverio

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Harvesting

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Daily Crucifixion

Paul Fulton

Morgan Giosa

Iris Grace Halmshaw

Jonas Lundström

Moontain

Steve Selpal

Henriett Seth

Jeremy Sicile-Kira

Kirtanraw Subramanian

Heidi Webster

 

 


Autism Hall of Fame Art Gallery T-Z

Beki Tara

Raj Singh Tattal

Stephy Tihanyi

Michael Tolleson

Sarah E. Vaughn

Ana Valle Ocando

Casey Remrov Vormer

Tim ter Wal

Heidi Webster

Angela Weddle

Danny Williams

Donna Williams

John Williams

Stephen Wiltshire