GIVE BACK – See the inspiration and the winning designs from the Persona and Autism Speaks Bead Design Contest, and share the hope.In support of Autism Speaks® Research and Awareness, $10 will be donated for every Autism Speaks Persona bead sold.
I have a beautiful 9 year old autistic daughter. Our life isn't always easy but we are blessed.My design shows a heart hanging from a silver link. The heart is attached at the corner so it hangs crooked because our life isn't perfect.The puzzle piece is in the center of the heart because my daughter is in the center of my heart.Our life is full of love and blessings and our daughter is at the center of that.
This design represents our son Chris' autism progress. Even though he has had tremendous improvements in the past year, his pace has been Slow and Steady. Almost two years ago, as we were learning about ASD, and getting to know his situation; one of his characteristics had been that he liked to go on long walks, with not much distraction during his walk. He was always on a mission to get to his destination (the playground). In one of these long walks, he stopped for a minute to grab what looked like a leaf from the ground. It happened to be a baby turtle. Since then, his walks are more exploratory and more fun. His speech has improved tremendously and we are very happy, and excited about all his improvements. His main obstacle now comes in the form of sensory issues; but with all the support, and therapies that we are providing him, we know that even when it seems slow he is going steady, but he will win the race!