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Autism x Kandinsky: See The World Differently - Unisex T-Shirt

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In Nov. 2018, Kalin Bennett became the first basketball player with autism to sign with a Division 1 team, even though he was initially told he may never walk, or talk.

In Jan. 2019, Haley Moss became the world's first 'Openly Autistic' lawyer, despite doctors saying she may never live independently or hold a minimum-wage job.

Both began as non-verbal, diagnosed with autism, and both are crushing their goals.

The truth is being on the autism spectrum can be a sign of strength.

It can be something to celebrate. It can shine a spotlight on certain unique talents and traits.

So...

I began prowling for an autism shirt that symbolized that.

And well, I found a bunch. I found hulk autism shirts. I found yoda autism shirts. I found minion autism shirts. And those are all great, I'm thrilled to see others creating stuff for a good cause.

There were no clear visual symbols representing autism though.

Many of the shirts I saw used rainbows or puzzle-pieces as symbols of autism. Some used an infinity symbol or a 'ribbon' symbol or a 'Superman' S logo.

So first I tried creating a Superman 'S' that was made up of puzzle pieces, but it looked cluttered, not classy.

Back to the drawing-board, so I scrapped it and went hunting for my shirt inspiration. This time I found more autism shirt ideas: keep calm its only autism, DIY autism-awareness shirts, autism-in-pink shirts, etc.

But none of them had the wit, artistry, and finesse that I was looking for.

I wanted an autism tee that spoke volumes with a few simple shapes.

I wanted one that had style & flare, one people would be proud to wear. One cool enough that IG models everywhere would rock them.

So I had to start looking for inspiration elsewhere. I dove deeper into what the internet had to offer on autism, and I found...

A bunch of famous people with autism.

This was pretty interesting. The name's listed were all over the place, some seemed completely made up, some seemed more than plausible, some were officially diagnosed.

The thing is, many successful celebrities who may have had autism lived before it was even diagnosed as a thing.

I searched around for movies about autism, autism documentaries, all kinds of stuff.

And I marked down names of people. Then I tried to make a shirt that used the first initial of famous names to spell out A.U.T.I.S.M.

Aykroyd, U____, Tesla, Ianni, Seinfeld, Mozart...

I got everything except 'U', and no matter where I looked, I couldn't find a famous person with autism who's name began with U.

Boom. Another failed attempt at an autism t-shirt.

I started to feel a mounting sense of dread. I'd poured so much energy into creating a truly awesome awe-tism shirt design, and I was getting nowhere.

Surely there must be a solution.

So I clicked around aimlessly, and stumbled across this: davisbrotherlylove.com/2014/02/12/wassily-kandinsky-synesthesia-autism-abstract-art-bauhaus/

Eureka!

Yes!

Kandinsky saw the world in unique shapes, splotches, colors and lines.

Kandinsky saw the world differently, and offered us a stunningly gifted perspective.

Kandinsky's art was the perfect metaphor for ASD.
I was on to something.


The design came together in whirlwind and I felt satisfied.

"This design on a fitted tee, or even a bodysuit," I thought, "would make even Khloe proud to wear it."


Khloe's a model for autism.

I've followed fellow Canadian Khloe for a long time, way back from my ModelMayhem photo-retouching days, and she's always showed so much love and passion around this subject, 'cause her brother James is severe ASD. I believe he has oral motor delay & is limited to single-word communication (last I heard), but hopefully there's been progress there.

Anyway, she's a huge champion for the cause, and she deserves a follow, check her out @khloe on IG.

Whew.

I feel like I've written a novel, and it's unlikely these words, or this shirt, won't magically cure ASD.

I'm not sure what will, tbh.

There seems to be no cures for autism.

But, after all my research, I'm not even sure autism needs a 'cure.' Some of the individuals I've come across seem to truly flourish because of ASP. Some of them said they wouldn't change a thing. Others seemed frustrated and would gladly cure their condition. Regardless, I want people to have the quality of life that makes them most happy.

And at the moment, I don't know how to prevent, solve, or cure autism.

I've heard talk of certain therapies like Pivotal Response Treatment or the TEACCH method, but that's tip of the iceberg of what's out there.

And I don't like feeling unable to understand a topic, but for now, hopefully this shirt shows how much I care, and is a positive step that resonates with anyone involved in the autism community.

Be one of those positive steps. Make a difference for a cause that matters.

AUTISM x KANDINSKY SHIRT DETAILS

100% combed and ring-spun cotton
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Side-seamed

Size guide

  XS S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Width (inches) 16 ½ 18 20 22 24 26 28

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