Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 2 - Page 4

FROM THE EDITOR E very morning after breakfast my son Jay goes to the computer to find out which famous people were born and what momentous events happened throughout history on that particular day. What started out as just random trivia has now become a family tradition—a precious part of my day that I look forward to every morning. Perhaps one of the reasons I enjoy these random bits of information is that they encourage Jay, and the rest of us too, to dig deeper. In our family, making a statement like “Hey, did you know 2015 is the year of the Sheep?” will lead to an all-out search as to which Chinese zodiac animal each of us is and what 2015 has in store for us. (For the record: I am a Rooster, Jay is a Snake, my hubby is a Rat and Grace is a SHEEP!) Of course, finding out that Gracie girl’s sign was the same as the sign of the YEAR led to further investigation, which is how we discovered that the SHEEP is a symbol of Peace, Harmonious coexistence and Tranquility; according to the Chinese horoscope, that will be exactly the fundamental mood for 2015 for us all. It also happens to be the theme for this Winter issue of ZOOM and why we chose to concentrate on relationships. Wait. It gets better. The Sheep is also the symbol of the Arts, a secondary theme that this issue just sort of took on as it all came together. ART is a way to communicate and, as we all know, commun ication (in any form) is a way we tend to connect with one another. It is for this reason that we are so excited to highlight so many incredibly talented autistic artists in this issue. You are going to love Debra Muzikar’s feature piece on The Art of Communication; it kind of sums up all of this. We have a fair share of articles on “harmonious co-existence” too! CarolAnn Edscorn tells us what it is like to be an autistic 4 Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses After hearing that 2015 was The Year of the Sheep, my Gracie girl made this “ewe”nique picture! I know that sheep pun was “Baaaaaaaaaaaad!”