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Co-founded by Keri Bowers and Debra
Hosseini, The ART of AUTISM is a
collaborative project that connects
artists and performers of all ages on
the autism spectrum with opportunities
and venues to showcase their varied

By Keri Bowers and Joanne Lara

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Keri Bowers Drumming with Children

Keri Bowers Drumming with Children

Keri Bowers Drumming with Children

Keri Bowers Drumming with Children



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Normal People Scare Me Too DVD

Normal People Scare Me Too DVD:
A Film About Autism

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Normal People Scare Me Too was Inspired by the past and driven the future in autism. A decade after the award-winning film Normal People Scare Me Too; a film about autism, Taylor Cross is at it again in this sequel documentary wherein he interviews former and new cast members and family about attitudes and first-person perspectives/experiences in autism today.

In the new Normal, Taylor asks such questions as “What’s hard for you?” “What are you really good at?” “What do you want educators, parents and others to know about autism?” and of course “Do normal people scare you?” 10 years ago, most of the cast was clear that “normal” was scary. We’ve come a long way since then with answers that will surely amaze and transform the way we perceive so-called “normal” today.

Created with a film crew comprised of 75% autistics from Joey Travolta's Inclusion Films, with music, art and animation created and performed by 65% autistic musicians/composers/artists, the new Normal is pleased to be a more inclusive production this time around. Normal People Scare Me Too was conceived by Taylor Cross, directed and co-produced by Keri Bowers (his mom,) and Produced by Joey Travolta.

You'll laugh and cry, so have tissues handy.



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"Mapping Transitions to Your Child’s Future"
A workbook and workshops providing FREE and LOW cost strategies for futures planning.

The little yellow school bus came to pick him up. I cried as I stood on the street as the bus drove away. "Oh God! Help Taylor to be okay... Help ME!" I feared the big bad world. How it would treat my son? The bus drove past the corner and then out of sight.

"Emotionally disturbed" was the name of the class he was about to attend. What the %$$#! Emotionally disturbed? There was no label for high functioning autism then. It would be years... Years before we uncovered what gripped my son.

But that day... that day with the little yellow school bus... I'll never forget. As tears welled, I said to myself, "There must be something more. There must be a way to help him." I knew I would figure it out. And I did, but I did not.

I began to "map" his future that day. I swore I would find a way to help Taylor. I began to use paint (for sensory), songs for "social stories", play-acting for affect... I began to use the arts.

At 6, Taylor was diagnosed with autism, & life forever changed.

“Mapping Transitions to Your Child’s Future” is a workbook based on 20 years experience as a parent, advocate, service provider, and filmmaker to lay the foundation for futures planning for your child or client.

What is “Mapping”?

Mapping is the process of creating a written plan of action to help you achieve the best possible future for and with your child. The written plan is not fixed. It is an ever-changing flexible blue print. It adjusts, and you adjust according to need and ever-changing circumstances. This workshop will help you discover and describe what is important to and for your child in everyday life.  Why do we have a plan?

- Have a place where it is all written down
- Help others to know your child better (used by people who support)
- Help with long-term planning and life transitions (e.g. school to work)
- Figure out what is important to a person and what types supports make sense.
- Use info to create supports and recruit providers of services
- Remind us where we’ve been and where we’re going
- Determine a course of action (continually changing) to achieve long- term goals
- A just in case plan

The workbook will help you to:

• Learn how to create your own “mapping” notebook to begin to build markers and goals for your child’s future success. Every IEP, IPP, MTP (or other “P”) you ever attend will have the core of your “map” to help guide future decisions.
• Learn hands-on, FREE and NO cost tools for building life and social skills.
• Get ideas and strategies for using the arts and other alternative tools to build cognitive, social, and life skills, improve language, self-esteem, and self awareness.

Click Here to Purchase the workbook.


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Normal People Scare Me

The Sandwich Kid



Normal People Scare Me:
A Film About Autism

This is the documentary that Normal Films was founded on. The film was conceived by Taylor Cross -- an aspiring filmmaker with autism -- when he was 15.

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The Sandwich Kid:
A Film About Siblings
& Disabilities

The Sandwich Kid is co-created by Keri
and Taylor’s little brother, Jace, 12, who shares his experiences and those of
dozens of siblings living with disabilities.

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A Film About Possibilities, Disabilities & The ARTS

Exploring fine arts, music, dance, drama, public speaking, comedy, andother forms
of art as the basis for mapping futures and building skills for those with disabilities.

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Mapping Transitions
To Your Child’s Future
Workbook with “Power Tools”

Discover & describe what is important to
and for your child in everyday life. Learn “power” tools & strategies you will use
today to get results tomorrow.

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normal people scare me: the soundtrack

Normal People Scare Me:
The Soundtrack   

From the acclaimed film, Normal People Scare Me, the soundtrack features Double Platinum Grammy winning artist, Taylor Dayne, performing “Locked Inside of Me”, written by Joey Travolta and Jeff Lass. 

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