Celebrate Epic Luis Art

March 2015

epic luis art 2We are so proud of one of our Supported Entrepreneur pilot participant, Luis Tirado. Luis and his successful business Epic Luis Art were featured in a recent article in the Thousand Oaks Acorn.

Luis identifies himself as an emerging artist / entrepreneur with autism with a mission to be independent and help others on the spectrum.

In his own words, “Art is my passion, my talent, my thing. When I’m painting I feel inspired, happy and free. I love to share my art work with people and inspire others on the spectrum to try something. We have talents and it takes time to use it. I want parents to see that their child is capable of doing something. I consider myself creative and talented. I love all kinds of arts. I paint & draw in different mediums. I create animal sculptures. Autism helps me to work hard, because I see things in a different way. My motto is “Autism will not stop me”.  

We could not be prouder of Luis, his ambition, and entrepreneurial spirit!


 

Celebrate Best Buddies

February 2015


chapparel hsWe want to say a big thank you to the Chaparral High School Best Buddies club for working with us for their spring meeting! We loved working with the group and teaching about entrepreneurship. Students listened to the inspiring stories from autism entrepreneurs, Brent Anderson of 
Unintentional Humor and Matt Cottle of Stuttering King Bakery before breaking into small groups to brainstorm their own business ideas. Everyone received one of Matt’s delicious cookies and an autographed copy of Brent’s Unintentional Humor® book.

The event was a huge success and we love any chance to inspire another generation of entrepreneurs.

 
 
 
 
 


 

Celebrate Flutie Foundation

January 2015

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With the Flutie Foundation Executive Director, Lisa Borges


Happy 2015! We are very excited to see where this year takes us and thrilled to announce a new partner to kick off the year.

In December we were honored to receive a grant from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism to continue expanding our entrepreneurship curriculum! We traveled to Boston to attend their Partner Summit where my brother Brent was their featured speaker! We look forward working with the Flutie Foundation on this exciting project. To read more about the event click here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Celebrate Be The Spark

December 2014

 
be the sparkThank you to everyone who contributed to Celebrate Autism on #GivingTuesday! It was a great start to our Be The Spark holiday giving campaign. We are encouraged by your generosity and support to help us bring our entrepreneur education to young adults with developmental disabilities across the country.

To help change lives, please donate to Be The Spark by clicking here!

 

 

 


 

Celebrate Entrepreneurs

November 2014

November is National Entrepreneur Month and there is nothing we CELEBRATE more than the innovative, creative individuals who are entrepreneurs. 

Entrepreneur education has a wide range of benefits including; increased creativity, self confidence, money management, problem solving skills, improved communication and overall happiness. We commend all of the entrepreneurs that inspire us every day!
 

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Entrepreneur, Brent Anderson, with Unintentional Humor

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Entrepreneur, Matt Cottle, with Stuttering King Bakery

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Entrepreneur, Jonathan Murphy, with Jonincharacter

 
 
 

 


 

Celebrate Achievements

October 2014

First and foremost, we want to thank everyone that voted for our presentation to be included in SXSWedu® 2015 – we made it! There were over 1,000 applicants and only 150 spots – we are excited to share the benefits of Supported Entrepreneurship with attendees from around the world. Thank you for helping us as we create a better world for young adults with developmental disabilities.

Click to see the SXSWedu 2015 schedule.


 

Celebrate Voting

September 2014


sxswedulogoWe need your support in the Community Voting round of acceptance for SXSWedu® 2015. The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds in education. The four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, interactive workshops, hands on learning experiences, film screenings, early stage startups and a host of networking opportunities. By providing a platform for collaboration, SXSWedu® works to promote creativity and social change.
We are vying for one of the 150 spots available for speakers and your vote is important!

Please visit the SXSWedu website to get more information and to cast your vote for Celebrate Autism!


 

Celebrate Branding

August 2014

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We are excited to introduce the new Celebrate Autism logo. After spending months working with the talented staff at verynice design studio we now have the brand identity that effectively represents our message of positivity. To us, autism isn’t a puzzle, it is an opportunity.

verynice is a global design studio that “ignites movements, changes perspectives”. Their “give-half” model has inspired thousands to engage in pro-bono work and we are most appreciative of their generosity. They are an industry inspiration and set the standard for ‘good’ work worldwide. A huge thank you to Matthew and his team for the hard work they put into our new logo…we love our makeover!


 

Celebrate Youth

July 2014

Last week I was an alumni volunteer at SEED SPOT’s first High School summer camp. Over the course of five days students participated in an intensive round of SEED SPOT programming. One of the activities was working through the existing business model of Celebrate Autism and giving their own spin to it. Honestly, I was blown away. What they shared was thought-provoking and insightful and I am inspired by their passion and determination to make the world a better place.

By the end of the week, groups of students each came up with their own businesses and pitched them to their friends, family members, and panel of judges (including me!). The students came up with awesome ideas, we should all be excited for this generation to enter the workforce!

 

 


 

Celebrate Pilot Program

June 2014


On the road, again! This week I am heading out to begin our Supported Entrepreneur Pilot Program. I am looking forward to spending the summer meeting with young adults and their families to pilot our curriculum. I will travel to California and Colorado to meet with individuals and work through the lessons and garnering feedback about the effectiveness of the program.