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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!


Fabulous Photos of Australia by Marie Faverio

Awww, I wish I were there! What a beauty! Not surprisingly these photos have won awards, have been used for postcards etc. Thank you so much, Paul, for sending us these photos!

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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!

Happy Autism Love and Acceptance Day 2017!

Happy Autism Love and Acceptance Day, everyone!

We hope that you are all doing great and that you feel unconditional love in your heart. Just a little bit of love can change the world and if we were all able to love unconditionally every day the world would certainly be a better place.

Here are the winners of this year’s awards. Usually there are only 3 winners a year for this award, but this year is our first year and we decided to double the awards, so we have six winners! This was not a competition (as we said some time ago) because we don’t like competitions and we would like to reassure you that every single person in the autism hall of fame is absolutely brilliant. However we have this annual award because some excitement is definitely positive and motivating (other organizations also confer awards on this day). While this particular award can only be won once, we might have other awards in the future. The winners will be added to an alphabetical list with the year they won next to their names.

So… this year’s winners are two fabulous children (with fabulous achievements for any age) and four fabulous adults.

The children are (in alphabetical order)

Iris Grace Halmshaw (UK) and

Jacob Velazquez (USA).

The adults are (again in alphabetical order)

Marie Faverio (Australia)

Laura Nadine (USA)

Colleen Ranney (Canada) and

Mark C. Westberg (USA).

Congratulations to all! The winners will also be notified by email within 24 hours and will receive a certificate they can print out.

Happy Autism Love and Acceptance Day (and Month) again! And don’t forget to love every day, not only today.

PS: We saw some art with delightful pastel colors on Marie’s website that we thought would be wonderful for our banner this month, so we asked her manager for permission to use it and for a high-resolution copy, then we added some text and just uploaded it! It will be our banner until the end of the month.

After April you can still enjoy it here:

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Love to you-all from the whole Autism Hall of Fame Team

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




Daily Crucifixion

Paul Fulton

Morgan Giosa

Iris Grace Halmshaw

Jonas Lundström


Steve Selpal

Henriett Seth

Jeremy Sicile-Kira

Kirtanraw Subramanian

Heidi Webster



The Mind of the Prodigy

Very interesting article on prodigies, also mentioning Joanne Ruthsatz (see separate blogs about her and her book “The Prodigy’s Cousin”) :

We agree that IQ is probably more useful in order to solve certain problems, but not necessary to be a prodigy. Our prodigies (like Jake Barnett, Marie Faverio and Daniel Tammet) have other traits (often typical of Asperger’s Syndrome) that contributed to their success and real-life genius apart from an extremely high IQ. Our prodigies are UNIQUE and we are incredibly proud of them.

Here is an interview with Daniel on the subject: