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SenseAbility Gym

July 28 - August 11

http://www.senseabilitygym.com/
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    SenseAbility Gym


Tubie Friends

July 13 - July 27

Tubie Friends a non-profit group that is administered by two mothers whose children have feeding tubes and want to use their experience to make life easier for the thousands of children relying on feeding tubes for their nutrition. Tubie Friend Surgeons (TFS) are volunteers who care for or love tube feeders and donate their time and resources. Tubie Friends are stuffed animals with tubes that help take the mystery and fear out of feeding tubes.  Not only are Tubie Friends excellent for educational purpose, but they also offer great support to their people friends who need the help of feeding tubes to live a healthy life.  This amazing organization has created a support system through the Tubie community and we love that we are now part of their family!  To learn more about Tubie Friends, visit their website - www.tubiefriends.com.
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    The Artist

    Laycee

    22 years old

  • Caleb

    The Artist

    Caleb

    9 years old

  • Michaela

    The Artist

    Michaela

    16 years old

  • Sydney

    The Artist

    Sydney

    15 years old

Laycee was a full-term, 8 pound baby who was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (meaning her disphragm did not form completely and her intestines had been allowed to form in her chest causing damage to her heart and lungs).  For the first 21 days of her life, Laycee underwent surgical repair of her hernia all while being on a heart-lung bypass machine.  During this time, she suffered a massive stroke that destroyed a large portion of the left side of her brain.  Though doctors predicted she would never do more than "stare at the walls", Laycee has proven to have a fighting spirit.  Over the years Laycee has defied odds and learned to walk, talk, and read.  While she struggles with daily health challenges, she has a wonderful outlook on life!  Laycee has never been able to write or draw until recently when she began to draw pictures of the people she loves.  We are so excited to use Laycee's dog design to support Tubie Friends!!  

Caleb is 9 years old and loves to play outside, chop wood, and go fishing.  He loves to draw dragons and is excited that one of his dragons is part of this campaign for Tubie Friends.  Caleb was born prematurely and has on-going stomach and intestinal issues that require him to be tube fed.  He experiences a lot of pain in his abdomen when he eats and recently was able to change his feeds to J-feeds which bypass his stomach entirely and greatly improved his overall quality of life.  He is a happy, energetic boy who loves to create things with his hands and play and we are thrilled to use Caleb's dragon design to help raise funds for Tubie Friends!

Michaela is 16 years old and heading into the 11th grade at her local high school where she is an honors student.  She has Gastroparesis which literally means "paralyzed stomach".  Her entire digestive tract is effected and some parts do not move at all!  This has caused her to become dependent on TPN (IV Nutrition) and feeding tubes.  She loves to play soccer, read, and listen to music and she also authors a blog, Chronically Awesome, where she's a huge advocate for those with chronic illnesses.  Michaela created the Hope design for this campaign!

Sydney is 15 and was diagnosed with severe chronic Lyme disease in 2012 (though she had it since 2007).  Because it was left untreated so long, she now also has Dysautonomia/Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Gastroparesis, Central Pain Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, seizures, Paraplegia and neurological problems. Even though her motor skills have been dramatically decreased due to her diagnosis, she still loves art and find ways to draw and do the things she loves with the help of her family and service dog, Bow!  You can show your love to Sydney and Tubie Friends by purchasing the Happy design!


Four Times the Fun

June 30 - July 13

There are SO many causes out there doing great things to support people with special needs.  Sometimes, we like to team up with multiple causes on a campaign and for the next two weeks, we have FOUR TIMES THE FUN!  Read on to learn more about these great causes!! RAD is an all volunteer, non-profit organization based in Chandler, Arizona whose mission is to raise funds to pay the fees and costs associated with sports and recreational activities for disabled citizens. RAD’s slogan is “We pay so others can play”. Heather, the artist that created the world peace design for RAD, and many others have been able to train for more Special Olympics competitions and to participate in different recreational and social activities with RAD’s help. Camp New Hope has been offering developmentally disabled people of all ages a myriad of activities since 1974. Their Summer Camp Program is overnight week-long summer camp experiences in June and July filled with art, music, and recreational activities, all adapted to individual campers’ needs. The camp lies on 41 rolling acres on the shores of Lake Mattoon, which brings campers the excitement of fishing and pontoon activities. Their shoreline gazebo and chapel are serene spots to gather for activities or just to relax, and their AED-equipped facility includes a three-foot swimming pool, a mini-golf course, easy access asphalt trails, a playground, and the Camp New Hope Train.  All purchases of Jayden's sun design benefit this excellent organization! Firefighters vs. Autism works to prevent wandering and drowning deaths in children with Autism.  This awesome cause educates the first responders on the dangers of wandering and drowning as well as provides opportunities for families, friends, and/or caregivers to learn about what they can do to prevent these tragedies from happening.  Proceeds from every purchase of the firetruck design goes to this stellar cause!! Common Threads Family Resource Center provides services and support to children, adolescents, and adults with autism spectrum disorders and mental health diagnoses. All of their programs embrace the special strengths, talents and needs of the individual and their family. Using a strength-based approach, they are committed to bringing out the best in each individual.  To support this wonderful place, add the skull design to your cart!!
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    The Artist

    Heather

    28 years old

  • Jayden recent

    The Artist

    Jayden

    7 years old

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    The Artist

    Justin

    32 years old

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    The Artist

    Jessalyn

    14 years old

Heather is a 28 year old woman with Pradar Willi Syndrome. However, she never lets that slow her down. She is very active with Special Olympics Chandler and has been a participant for many years. Her main sports are bowling, swimming, track, and, her favorite, cheerleading. Heather spends many volunteer hours raising money for both Special Olympics and Recreation and Athletics for the Disabled, also known as RAD. In her spare time, she can be found at a local nursing home pushing wheel chairs and spreading cheer among the residents. You can support Heather and RAD by choosing her "World Peace" design for your gear!!  Heather and many others have been able to train for more Special Olympics competitions and to participate in different recreational and social activities with RAD’s help and we're so excited to hep support their program!

Jayden just turned 7 years old in May and finished First Grade in June. He was born 17 weeks premature, weighing in at 1lb 11oz, with Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy. He overcame spending 3 months in the NICU receiving heart and eye surgeries, oxygen treatments, and UV ray treatment due to being born without several layers of skin. He has persevered through years of physical and occupational therapies and recently graduated from walking with the aid of a walker. Jayden’s speech therapy has really paid off as he is now speaking in sentences. Jayden loves spending time with family and friends, most of whom are Lombard Jaycees. Jayden recently became a JayTeen and is looking forward to spending more time with the Jaycees at their many community oriented projects. Jayden’s sunny disposition and can-do attitude often remind those around him that hard work and determination make anything possible! Jayden’s campaign will benefit Camp New Hope. Camp New Hope provides the full camp experience for Special Needs children and is a focus project for the Illinois Jaycees.  Click on Jayden's sunshine design to support him and Camp New Hope!!

Justin is 32 years old and works at a wood shop in a supported vocational program in Tucson, Arizona.  Just loves to exercise, draw pictures, listen to music, and anything fireman related.  He is close with his family (especially his uncles!) and enjoys spending time with them while rock climbing and canoeing.  Justin has a dog, Koty, and two cats, Jacob Marley and Jordin Sparks.  Justin has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder but his disability certainly does not define him!! Justin is very excited to have his artwork in this campaign to raise money for Firefighters vs. Autism.  This is his third piece of art featured in a PCA campaign and it's not his first time supporting this cause, either!  In the 2014 family friendly Firefighters vs. Autism calender, Justin had the honor of being "Mr. March" and was also featured in the "beefcake" photoshoot where he got to show off his muscles! Check out Justin's firetruck design and support this awesome artist and cause!

Jessalyn is a 14 year-old freshman from the Madison, Wisconsin area. She enjoys listening to music, playing sports, participating in various art activities, and hanging out with her friends and family.  Jessalyn designed the skull t-shirt to help raise money for Common Threads Family Resource Center!


St. Baldrick’s Foundation

June 15 - June 29

Every two weeks we work with a different artist with special needs and give 50% of our proceeds to a deserving organization. This campaign is a little bit different because our artist, Donna, fell victim to childhood cancer. We were so touched by her story that we couldn't wait to feature her art and donate to St. Baldrick's to help end kids cancer once and for all. St. Baldrick's is an organization that helps raise funds for kids cancer research. Not only are they a driving force behind finding new and better cures for kids cancer, they also pour time and energy into improving the level of care currently given to kids with cancer. We think that St. Baldrick's is doing something awesome and we're thrilled to contribute with your help!
http://www.stbaldricks.org/
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    The Artist

    Donna

The art in this campaign was created by Donna. Donna was born on July 20, 2005 and was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor - papillary meningioma when she was 19 months old. Over the next 31 months Donna underwent four relapses, four neurosurgeries, chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, and twelve weeks of proton beam radiation treatment. In the face of everything, this little lady was an absolute joy throughout her life. She loved to dance. Her favorite color was black. She had an incredibly silly side and she was sharp as a tack. She had a different outlook on life than those around her and she often shared her point of view. Her greatest wish was to go to school and she was able to do so in her last two months. Despite spending much of her childhood in hospitals or around doctors, Donna lived with grace and joy. She inspired everyone around her to experience the moment, feel grateful, take a deep breath, and live their lives more meaningfully. Donna's mom, Sheila runs the blog Mary Tyler Mom and the Donna's Good Things Facebook page where she raises money to fight childhood cancer and shares her experiences as a mother. RIP, Donna, we’ll meet you there.  Donna Lubell Quirke Hornik, 20 July 2005 – 19 October 2009.


Vintage Campaign

June 02 - June 15

Each Paper Clouds Apparel offers artwork for a two week time frame and then it is gone forever....or is it ? We have received a lot of people asking for us to bring back past designs so every couple months we will bring back pieces that our fans request the most to form a "Vintage" campaign . These four amazing pieces will also give four great causes a chance to receive additional funding.
  • "Skull" is helping a young 15 yr old fight cancer for the second time at Nick's Epic Battle with Osteosarcoma.
  • "Guitar" is helping F.R.I.E.N.D.S., an amazing non-profit in Maryland helping enhance the lives of those with down syndrome.
  • "Dino Chase" design is raising funds for the Golden Heart Ranch, a great working ranch in California that gives those with special needs a place to live, learn, and work side by side.
  • "Tanker" which is raising money for Reece's Rainbow to continue their amazing mission of helping those with special needs find great adoptive homes.
Hope you love these designs and amazing causes
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    The Artist

    Aaron

    8 years old

  • Bronson-Golden-Heart-Ranch

    The Artist

    Bronson

    10 years old

  • Logan-beads-of-courage

    The Artist

    Logan

    18 years old

  • Noah-FRIENDS

    The Artist

    Noah

    13 years old

Aaron created the amazing Tanker when he was 8 years old. Aaron was born with arthrogryposis, a congenital, nonprogressive condition that severely limits movements of joints, including the knees, hips, ankles, elbows, wrists and hands. Born in Eastern Europe and abandoned by his parents, Aaron was adopted by Julia and Robert Nalle of Palmyra, Va., who brought him home when he was 5 to join their sons, Ben and Elijah. When he was in Europe, after he was transferred from his baby house orphanage to a mental institute because he was disabled, he stopped speaking his native language. This has made learning English rather difficult for him. He is currently in speech therapy and is both homeschooled and attends public school part-time. He’s had several surgeries to correct some of the joints and will have more in the future. “He just blows everybody away with his joy. He wraps himself around people’s hearts,” said his mother Julia. You can follow his amazing story at the blog Julia runs www.covenantbuilders.blogspot.com

Bronson created the "Dino Chase" design Bronson is 10 years old, he was diagnosed with Autism when he was just 2.  A strategy that worked well was to draw him a list of what was going to happen.  He took our simple stick pictures are turned them into a way to communicate to us. Bronson loves Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror, and all roller coasters! If he’s not riding the roller coaster, he is drawing or building them.  Baron is Bronson’s big brother and he is the best big brother around, Bronson really started drawing a lot when he changed schools to attend an Autism ABA Class, he drew a picture of Baron to bring to school with him everyday.  Bronson is very active he loves to go camping, ride his quad, play in the ocean and ride the wave runners.

Logan is coming back for another campaign as a artist for Paper Clouds Apparel. Logan is 18 years old and a soon to be high school graduate :) Logan has Apraxia, making communication difficult, among other significant learning difficulties. If you do not follow his story on the Facebook page run by his mother, The Crumb Diaries, than you need to immediately do so. You will fall in love with this family and understand why Paper Clouds Apparel is so excited to have these two new designs by Logan on our gear.

Noah- Guitar Noah Weikert created the Guitar drawing when 13 and lives in Middletown, Maryland. Noah has a LOT of friends that have been by his side since he started school. He loves baseball and is a big hitter on the Challenger Baseball Team and is known as "The Possum". He has had the opportunity to play on the field with some of the Orioles players numerous times and has many autographs. He also loves swimming and has participated in Special Olympic Swimming for the past 3 years where he has gotten numerous Gold, and Silver medals. He loves drawing, and his specialty is drawing animals and family pictures. He loves to play Playstation games and he is unbeatable at any game he plays!!! He also loves fishing with his dad and his sisters. He loves animals and has 2 dogs and 14 cats. His favorite thing is playing practical jokes on his family, he makes us laugh every day!!!


Beads of Courage

May 19 - June 01

Beads of Courage is an arts-in-medicine program that uses beads as powerful doses of narrative medicine. Beads of Courage help children coping with serious illness RECORD, TELL and OWN their stories of COURAGE. Children receive beads for every treatment procedure and milestone that they encounter. A child can tell you what every single bead on their sometimes 1,000 bead strand signifies, from blood draws, nights in the hospital to hair loss and transplant. Their beads help them tell their story and HONOR and RECOGNIZE their COURAGE.
http://www.beadsofcourage.org/
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    The Artist

    Logan

    18 years old

  • Ali-beads-of-courage

    The Artist

    Ali

    8 years old

  • Morgan-beads-of-courage

    The Artist

    Morgan

    12 years old

Logan is coming back for another campaign as a artist for Paper Clouds Apparel. Logan is 18 years old and a soon to be high school graduate :) Logan has Apraxia, making communication difficult, among other significant learning difficulties. If you do not follow his story on the Facebook page run by his mother, The Crumb Diaries, than you need to immediately do so. You will fall in love with this family and understand why Paper Clouds Apparel is so excited to have these two new designs by Logan on our gear.

Alison is eight years old and loves drawing, writing poems and stories, reading, and playing soccer.  She is also learning to play the piano and we've been told that she has an ear for music.  Alison was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a metabolic disease where the cells aren't able to convert food into life-sustaining energy, when she was three years old.  She has faced many challenges over the past eight years, but has done so with determination, humor, and a zeal for life.

Morgan is 12 and in the 6th grade. Morgan will tell you her mind is exploding with ideas all the time. She is constantly creating something new and can often be found in her art room painting or sculpting. She loves to design costumes and someday hopes to work for Disney. She also has dreams of building her own airplane.  Morgan loves to surf in the summer and ski in the winter.  She loves to raise money to help other people. She wants to own her own company and also become president! "Imagine how boring the world would be if nobody had cool ideas" - Morgan. Morgan has sensory and auditory processing disorders and is currently on the list for autism testing.


Best Buddies

April 21 - May 04

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,700 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.
http://www.bestbuddies.org/
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    The Artist

    Debbie D

    38 years old

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    The Artist

    Nekea

    30 years old

The paintings that I do of an alien represent those of us on the autistic spectrum who feel like we were born on the wrong planet. The alien has pets because they are easier to get along with than humans. Being out in space is peaceful. My website is www.debbiedenenburg.com I am an advocate for people with Asperger's Syndrome. I wrote a number of articles for a book called "Been There. Done That. Try This." It is a self help book for young Aspies who may have struggles in particular areas of life. I also run an online support group for adults on the spectrum.

Nekea is an extremely talented 30 year old artist with Aspergers who lives in Australia. Here is an excerpt from her website; "Creativity runs through my veins, I was able to draw before I could talk or walk, I enjoy all things I can make with my hands from drawing, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, photography, creative writing, painting and cooking signature meals, I see cooking as an art on a plate, and I'll always give something a go even if I haven't done it before, I hope to achieve all that life offers me in the field of arts, I am currently working with mixed media, a technique I have developed myself with smashed glass on canvas."


Autism Movement Therapy

May 05 - May 18

Autism Movement Therapy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Autistic people through dance, movement and the ARTS! Using cognitive re-mapping,Joanne Lara's successful Autism Movement Therapy® is an interhemispheric SENSORY INTEGRATION technique incorporating movement and music in collaboration with Positive Behavior Support (PBS) strategies to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in meeting and achieving their speech and language, social and academic IEP goals. For AMT Classes, Certification and licensing info visit
www.autismmovementtherapy.org
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    The Artist

    Debbie D

    38 years old

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    The Artist

    Nekea

    30 years old

  • Silke

    The Artist

    Silke

    49 years old

The paintings that I do of an alien represent those of us on the autistic spectrum who feel like we were born on the wrong planet. The alien has pets because they are easier to get along with than humans. Being out in space is peaceful. My website is www.debbiedenenburg.com I am an advocate for people with Asperger's Syndrome. I wrote a number of articles for a book called "Been There. Done That. Try This." It is a self help book for young Aspies who may have struggles in particular areas of life. I also run an online support group for adults on the spectrum.

Nekea is an extremely talented 30 year old artist with Aspergers who lives in Australia. Here is an excerpt from her website; "Creativity runs through my veins, I was able to draw before I could talk or walk, I enjoy all things I can make with my hands from drawing, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, photography, creative writing, painting and cooking signature meals, I see cooking as an art on a plate, and I'll always give something a go even if I haven't done it before, I hope to achieve all that life offers me in the field of arts, I am currently working with mixed media, a technique I have developed myself with smashed glass on canvas."

“I’m a classic Aspie according to Hans Asperger’s original description: a talkative, clumsy nerd”. Silke Heyer, born in 1965, graphic artist and architect by training, lives with her husband & her dog ( ‘The Captain & The Inspirator’) in Braunschweig, Germany, where she manages a small publishing company for teaching materials. (We submit she is also an amazing artist!)