Friday, April 2, 2010

World Autism Awareness Day- Gen: More Powerful than Words

It's World Autism Awareness Day. One in 165 children in Canada  are diagnosed as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the numbers are rising. People with ASD are not all like the "Rain Man" character - many are lively vivascious people with engaging senses of humour and imaginations that set "ordinary" people on their kiesters!

I'd like to pay tribute to my wonderful daughter Genevieve who is a wonderful ambassador for ASD . She is a brilliant artist who has had a one woman art show at the University of Victoria, works at Subway, volunteers for CanAssist , Victoria Opportunities for Youth Leadership (VOCYL) and the Queen Alexandra Foundation where she designs custom cards for donors. She was involved in a Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD) production to help educators understand autism. If you're interested in learning more about autism and Gen's art you can view the film Gen Chandler: More Powerful Than Words. 

The picture shows Gen and some friends from Power to Be on a kayaking trip, it was designed as a thank you card for a generous donor to the Queen Alexander foundation.


  1. As always I am blown away by Gen's art. Brilliant is certainly the word to describe her and her work. And bravo for all her volunteer commitments.

  2. Very interesting video. Gen, you are and will be a great example for many. Work so well done!!! :-)))
    I will send this to my daughter (OT) who lives in BC, just started back to work with autistic children in the school system.
    Thanks for doing this video.
    Oh yes and tell your mom she does great work too.


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