Monday, May 4, 2015

7 Memorable Mothers of Autism Light

Autism Mothers are Awesome!

Here are links to 7 memorable posts on Autism Mother's that were featured in the past on Autism Light.
  1. Diane Soucy: Diane Soucy was the first autism mother to be featured on Autism Light. Diane's son Matthew has autism. Original Post: June 24, 2011.

  2. Nuala Gardner: Nuala Gardner is from Scotland. Her post is Autism Light's most accessed International Post featuring a mother. Nuala's son Dale has autism. She is the author of the book A Friend Like Henry. Original Post: October 5, 2011.

  3. Jeanette O'Donnell: Jeanette O'Donnell has the distinction of having the most children with autism on Autism Light. Jeanette is from Texas and 5 of her children have autism. Original Post: October 11, 2011.

  4. Joan Edge: Joan Edge is from England and is one of the sweetest mothers to appear on Autism Light. At age 82 when she was featured, she was the oldest mother to appear as an International Post. Her son Michael has autism. Original Post: January 10, 2012.

  5. Eustacia Cutler: Eustacia Cutler is the mother of Dr. Temple Grandin, who is Autism Light #38. Eustacia was featured as the first post in our Mother's Day series. Original Post: May 13, 2012.

  6. Lin Wessels: Lin Wessels is the mother of Sam Wessels, who is Autism Light #152. Lin was featured as the second post in our Mother's Day series. Original Post: May 12, 2013.

  7. Areva Martin: Areva Martin was the first Autism Mother to be part of our Martin Luther King, Jr. Series. Areva's son Marty has autism. Original Post: January 19, 2015.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Roxy the Pitbull

Autism Light #395 is Roxy the Pitbull.
Roxy/Courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society
Roxy is a 60 pound female Pit Bull Terrier who was adopted by Joey Granados and his family. She was adopted on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2014 from the Best Friends Animal Society shelter in Los Angeles, California. Joey is a 14 year old who has Asperger's Syndrome. Roxy is an Autism Light because her relationship with Joey Granados helped him hug his mother for the first time and improve in his social relationships.

The following is a video about the impact Roxy has had on Joey Granados and his family.

Amanda Granados told, "For all those years, he wouldn't hold my hand, he wouldn't hug me--it was all part of the autism--but this dog has taught him how to give and show affection. He holds my hand now! He hugs me! The first time I got a kiss on the cheek was when Roxy came home (, Laura T. Coffey, April 27, 2015)."

Joey Granados himself described the impact that Roxy has had on his life when he said, "I didn't have too many friends growing up, but then we got Roxy and I've been able to make friends ever since (, Laura T. Coffey, April 27, 2015)."

Special thanks to Roxy for being an Autism Light. Roxy is representative of the thousand of autism therapy dogs around the world who are making life easier for individuals with autism. We wish Roxy and Joey many years of friendship.

Roxy will be added to the Autism Light Animal Page today. Roxy is the second Pit Bull breed to be featured on Autism Light. The first was Karma. That means the Pit Bull breed at this time is second only to the Golden Retriever in being highlighted on Autism Light.

Autism Light honors diverse heroes to the world of autism.

Photo: The photo of Roxy was used with permission of the Best Friends Animal Society, an animal shelter with a no-kill mission.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Iowa Lights

Map of Iowa

The State of Iowa is the home of 3 Autism Lights. The Iowa group includes an Autism Mother and two young men who have autism.

 Iowa Autism Lights

  1. Luke Steibronn has autism and is from Waverly, Iowa. He was recognized for his efforts to raise autism acceptance in Little League Baseball. 
  2. Lin Wessels is an Autism Mother and Advocate from Rock Rapids, Iowa. Her son Sam has autism. She was featured as part of the Mother's Day series. 
  3. Sam Wessels has autism and is a self-advocate from Rock Rapids, Iowa
    You may reach all these posts by searching the blog through the "Iowa" Label.

    The map of Iowa is attributed to By TUBS [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

    Friday, May 1, 2015

    Oregon Lights

    The State of Oregon is the home of 3 Autism Lights. The Oregon group includes an Autism Father, a Teacher, and a Businessman.

     Oregon Autism Lights

    1. Brett Bigham is a special education teacher from Portland, Oregon.
    2. David Humphrey is the President of Kirkman Labs, located in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
    3. Scott Phillips is an autism father and film maker from Eugene, Oregon. His son Luke has autism. 
    You may reach all these posts by searching the blog through the "Oregon" Label.

    The map of Oregon is attributed to By TUBS [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Scott Phillips

    Autism Light #394 is Scott Phillips. 

    Scott Phillips

    Scott Phillips is an Autism Father from Eugene, Oregon. His eight year old son Luke has autism.  He works in video production for the University of Oregon Athletic Department. Scott Phillips is an Autism Light because he is using his talents in video production to draw attention to the role of autism fathers through Fan Blade Films

    Scott Phillips has a degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Oregon. He has ten years experience of shooting and editing film and currently works in video production for the University of Oregon Athletic Department. 

    Fan Blade Films: Scott Phillips began looking for resources to help him as an father of a child with autism after he received his son's diagnosis. He writes, "I started looking for information on autism from a father's point-of-view. There wasn't much to be found so I decided to do something about it. I started Fan Blade Films and began work on a film that would offer comfort and hope to the thousands of fathers who find themselves in the same situation that I found myself in (Fan Blade Films)."

    Through Fan Blade Films, Scott Phillips directed, produced, edited, and shot the film Do It Differently, a documentary about the unique role of autism fathers. Mike Whitty, Damian Goble, Jonathan Ayers, and Mike Guido have one thing in common, they are all fathers raising a child with autism. In Do It Differently they share their struggles and successes...fears and hopes...while projecting a quiet strength. Through the film they can inspire others to do it differently. You can watch a trailer of Do It Differently or view the entire film below. 

    Scott Phillips says, "An autism diagnosis can shake the foundation of any family, but it isn't the end, it's just a different path. For all fathers who feel lost, scared, and helpless I hope the film "Do it Differently" inspires you to want to do more for your child who is different than expected. You are not alone (Fan Blade Films)." 

    Scott Phillips is currently working on a follow-up film to Do It Differently. He tells Autism Light that, "Although it will be a narrative film and not a documentary, the subject matter will be similar and I hope to bring even more attention to the fathers who work hard every day raising their children and doing the right thing." There is currently a GoFundMe Page seeking to raise $6,800 for a camera to create more autism films. 

    Social Media:  You can follow Scott Phillips at the following social media areas.

    Special thanks to Scott Phillips for sharing his gift of video production to raise autism awareness. We wish Scott all the best in the future as an autism father and autism advocate. We look forward to future films coming from Fan Blade Films. 

    Autism Light honors diverse heroes to the world of autism.

    Photo: The photos in this post were used with permission of Scott Phillips.