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The United States of Autism: Fan Stories

US of Autism T-Shirt Spotting with Iowa State Governor


Nearly every GOP candidate from the 2012 election had their picture taken in Iowa with our United States of Autism t-shirts thanks to Sam Wessels, including current nominee Mitt Romney, but it looks like our t-shirt keeps growing in that state no matter what we do!

This past week Sam Wessels was at the Iowa state capitol with Lt Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and check out that t-shirt! He’s in the running for our number one fan for sure!

Congratulations again to Sam, Linda, and Mark for their great work out in Iowa and we can’t wait to show you more about their story and their boy Sam when we release the film!

US of Autism T-Shirt Spotting in Paris, France


I guess this film is going world wide and we can’t stop it (nor would we)! We had a spotting of the United States of Autism t-shirt in front of the Eiffel Tower this past week with one of the families in the film. On their trip, Tunde and her family also wore their t-shirts in the Bahamas, to the Castaway Island, to Riyadh Saudi Arabia, to Dubai UAE, and finally to Paris. We’re so excited for Amin, Safiyya, and Tunde and we can’t wait for you to hear this family’s story when we release the film!

Safe travels to our friends abroad, God Bless, and we look forward to seeing you in the United States again soon!

Sci-Fi Writer Katie Bridges Writes About Growing Up With Aspergers
August 16, 2011

Sci-Fi Writer Katie Bridges Writes About Growing Up With Aspergers

I grew up thinking of myself as simple-minded. Other people thought of me as simple-minded too. I never had much to say and what I did have to say seemed simplistic.

“Did you know that Disney World employs over 55,000 people and covers 47 square miles?” I would say, interrupting whatever conversation was going on.

As a girl with Asperger’s syndrome, facts were highly significant to me, especially if they involved Disney World. I always thought that others would be thrilled to hear them too. Sometimes people were interested in hearing the facts, but not when I went on and on about them, as I was prone to do.

“Simple-minded,” people would say. “The girl is simple-minded.”

Imagine their surprise when I came out with a 111,000 word science fiction novel that was so detailed and complex it received the Rising Star award. I called it Warriors of the Edge: The Search for Stone (Amazon | Barnes and Noble).

“I had no idea you had all that inside you,” people told me. “Where did you get all these ideas?”

How did I go from being simple-minded to highly complex? It happened because I loved Disney World so much. It wasn’t enough for me to visit it every few years. I wanted to experience it every day. And so I talked about it, dreamed about it, and wrote about it nearly every day for twenty years. After that much time, you’re bound to develop some complex thoughts on the subject, even if you started out rather simple-minded. Those thoughts evolved until I had created my own futuristic theme park, which became the premise for my novel.

There’s nothing wrong with being simple-minded. You can develop a wonder for life that way. But complexity has its benefits too. It helped me write an entire novel. — Katie Bridges

United States of Autism T-Shirt Spotting in Maryland

Looks like we have another United States of Autism t-shirt spotting, this time in Maryland! Take a look at the Chuck and Susan Hancock family out of Maryland with their son Charlie! We are excited to see them in their t-shirts, and also to see some great pictures of their family.

Be sure out there what once you get your t-shirts to send us the pictures so we can post them to the world!

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United States of Autism T-Shirts in Iowa

Sam Wessels showing off his new United States of Autism T-shirt

Sam Wessels showing off his new United States of Autism T-shirt

The first pictures of the United States of Autism t-shirts on our fans came in from Iowa and the Wessels family. Be sure to check out the gallery below as their son, Sam, models the shirts for us.

Doesn’t he look great?

We think so, and we’re proud to have him as the first of many showcasing t-shirts from around the nation.

Be sure to send in a picture of you and your t-shirts from around the nation and we will post your pictures to our blog. You can purchase your t-shirts here:

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