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james Williams Playing Piano

Q&A with Pianist Prodigy James Williams 

It was a typical day in the life of the Foundation. We were holding our third annual Awe in Autism event celebrating some of the best and brightest minds in the autism community showing off their talents and expertise, and I was there hosting the event. Shortly after I finished my speech, I introduced James […]

Merrick and his Father

My Father, Autism Advocate

Author: Merrick Egber (June 2018) While you’ve heard from me about my interpretations of ideas, entertainment, and historical origins, you’ve never heard from the people who brought me up from birth.  For Father’s Day, and my birthday, it was decided that one of the articles should focus on my relationship with my father and an interview with […]

Michael Verbeeck

The Story of Michael Verbeeck

This past weekend a remarkable young man named Michael Verbeeck once again proved that autism is not always a disability! If we can just focus on the amazing abilities this community has, we will be blown away.  This time he proved it in the horse world. Read More  

Margie Lee - Artist Showcase

New Featured Artist in The Pavilion: Margie-Lee Rodriguez

Margie-Lee Rodriguez Born in Puerto Rico in 1966, Margie-Lee was a “normal” but hyperactive infant.  At age 2 she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy which explains her slurred speech.  She did not talk until age 10 and was diagnosed as “severely” mentally retarded.  She started grade school at 13 and graduated from 9th grade at […]

Weighing on Weight Loss

Author: Merrick Egber (April 2018) I’ve always had problems with athleticism, whether it’s by low stamina, lack of proper energy, or a basic interest in more sedentary activities like reading, film, or video games compared to playing on a team, that led me to balloon, and there were hardly any fans at the ceiling to push […]

Els for Autism Foundation stands united with autism organizations worldwide

Els for Autism Foundation stands united with autism organizations worldwide in reminding our community that autism affects each person differently, and misconceptions can increase prejudice toward the vast majority who are peaceful and productive members of society. Recent statements from the Autism Society and Autism Speaks: Autism Society Autism Speaks

Under the Spotlight: How the Visual Arts Introduces Proper Meaning

Author: Merrick Egber (February 2018)  Movies, movies, movies…. How I love them, from an early age when I was introduced to Disney films, I would start my lifelong love for movies, and the visual arts. Back then, my hero was Jim Carrey, my favorite movie was “The Lion King” and the biggest controversy was more about […]

“Boy” Wonder: A review that flies into space

Author: Merrick Egber (November 30th, 2017) I’m an open person when it comes to movies. I may be a single 31 year old man with no kids, but if an animated movie or a family movie comes out with good reviews, I’ll go and see it, no matter what others think. Sure, the viewing audience […]