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January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I have been involved with Kind Tree for over 10 years. They are unique in the respectful exciting manner with which they invite people who experience autism to find their artistic voice. The camps they provide are amazing experiences. Hundreds of people have attended and been relaxed for the first time, free for the first time, appreciated fully for the first time and neurotypical people are allowed to be part of the magic. The art shows bring a powerful and meaningful voice to the artistic community. I have been moved to tears, laughter and learned more about the world by having the privelege to view this art. Many of the pieces live in my memory as a guide post to humanity.

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Watching people direct their world in a manner that fits for them allows people who have intense anxiety develop an experience that brings them peace. Knowing this is a part of their experience means that I have greater expectations for myself in my work. The people who foster and support this organization are remarkable. Their newsletter is the only one(of the many I receive) that I read cover to cover.

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Give them more money so they could have a broader reach.

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I first came to know about Kindtree Productions Inc., around October 30, 2010 when Sec/treas Tim Mueller was honored in Vancouver, BC at the The Naturally Autistic® People Awards for his Award for Mentorship. I had the priveledge, as an autistic radio show host to speak with him during the post-awards banquet celebration. Within a few weeks, I was So excited about the creativity, hard work & dedication that was enthusiastically produced from this Inaugural event--that I began hearing about my artwork & it's value as an autistic artist. Having faced the endless bargaining & "false promisses" of various scam artists under the umbrella of supposed, publishing companies--It took me many years to find value in my own artwork. That very same artwork was seen by Tim Mueller & within a month's time--I was accepted, encouraged & a published, autistic artist with KindTree Productions, Inc. This devoted non-profit, with much passion & understanding in the field of autism has helped me to regain the self-confidence, escape from the confines of four walls & re-surface. The generosity of the staff at KindTree has by far exceeded any expectations. For the first time in 32 years, I can finally say, "I'm a published, autistic artist!" Without Tim Mueller & his amazing mentorship, I would still be drawing within the confines of my home & the abilities of so many other autistic people would be sacrificed at the hands of false publishers who are for profit. KindTree Productions, Inc. is making it happen--all over the world! I'm so thankful in so many different ways that I can describe in two final words, "Autism Rocks!"

Scott Jackson,
ScottJackson@americanautists.com
Founder of AmericanAutists.com, Artist Guild Member of KindTree -- Autism Rocks, Radio Show Host, Co-Host of Naturally Autistic® ANCA® Radio & Online Team Contributing Writer.

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KindTree Artist's Guild, notecards as gifts received from KindTree & various artists via Tim Mueller, from the Inaugural International Naturally Autistic® People Awards, the kindness & generosity of Tim Mueller via his communications with me prior to my artwork being presented onto KindTree -- Autism Rocks website & publishing.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing! However, If I had a million dollars, I would ensure that KindTree Productions, Inc. could expand their services. But they are already doing that...& God love them for continuing!

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

Kind Tree is a great group that creates art of real value - value for the purchaser/patron and value for the creator. Kind Tree artists create holiday art cards that are beautiful and are the cards you'll want to share, whatever the occasion. The Kind Tree newletter is always full of information and creativity. Go Kind Tree!

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I've attended Kind Tree social functions, art openings and purchased their art.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it secure more funding for more art.

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

Kind Tree Productions, Inc. supports autistic artists to expose their works and sell them to the larger, non-autistic population. As the advocate of one such autistic artist, I have appreciated the opportunities Kind Tree takes to display the artwork, and then to contact the artists annually to report on total sales and to provide commission cheques to every artist for any of their work which has sold in the past year. Receipt of that letter and enclosed cheque is a real boost to self esteem for an autistic individual. Kind Tree also puts on symposiums for parents and professionals and an annual summer camp for autistic children, teens and adults , their families, and/or their support workers. We have attended several of these camps as well over the years, despite the fact that we live 700 miles and 3 states away. I highly recommend this organization.

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Attended a symposium once and several camps as well as saw the surprise and delight when an autistic individual received a commission cheque for her work that had sold the year before.

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not make any changes, other than to continue to support it to grow under the direction of its very capable board of directors and Executive Director. If I could afford it, I think I would also try to have an honorarium for the Executive Director put in place, because he is currently a volunteer.

January 6, 2011

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January 6, 2011

Kind Tree provides so much for the autism community - it spills over into the general public, like me. I have a granddaughter with autism and these dedicated people bring me news ad fabulous art work from the autism community.

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via their e-mails and web site. They are delightful, dedicated, caring folks.

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do nothing different. they are great!

January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011

I've been involved with Kind Tree for several years and have appreciated the commitment to people experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kind Tree provides a variety of venues from which support for the many interests people of all ages have. They celebrate the artists in our Autism Community and serve to encourage creative expression and have provided venues in which to display their art as well as earn some revenue. Kind Tree maintains a well rounded service from which people experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorders can learn social skills, express themselves through art and gain a feeling of respect and value. This organization is unique and innovative toward helping others feel part of a community at large.

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The friendships that have been built and the hearing reports from people who participate that they have gained support and friendship, the most challenging task for people experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more social skills groups.

January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011

We simply ordered some merchandise from KindTree, & they have gone over and beyond to make certain we were happy writing personal emails to us. We love KindTree. I am retired, & in the past worked with people on the Autism Spectrum...aren't we all somewhere on there! This is an exceptional organization. I am so impressed, I hope to find a way to volunteer with this agency.

DeeAnn Darby Bradley & Jason Bradley

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Once I was at a local community center & some people from KindTree were there. They went out of their way to make me feel welcomed.

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Hope to be able to serve more people and act as a model for organizations of their type all over the United States.

January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011

Hello!

Kind-Tree fill a unique role in our community! There are opportunities for camps, informational news letters and a way to market your creations. The truly unique aspect comes for the manner in which Kind Tree interacts, represents and supports individuals on the spectrum. Kind Tree
focuses on what individuals with autism can do, helps them realize their potential and even gain a little pride in being a bit self-supporting. (Sadly the world still judges the individual on their ability to earn money.) The positive experiences that can be found are indeed unique!

Thank you!
Haidee Copeland

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I have been able to send families of children with autism to this site as a resource. While all of found it informative, still others have been very involved in their summer camps.

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Fund the program so that still others could be served! Great Job! Kind Tree

January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011

Since 1997 KindTree - Autism Rocks has worked to provide a safe place for people with autism to be themselves and gain the self confidence we all need to move forward in our lives. Through our unique Autism Camp, our income producing Art Program, our long running Peer Support Group and more, our volunteers support success for people on the autism spectrum.
Friendships are made, families are connected, we all feel refreshed and more able to be in the world.
KindTree - Autism Rocks needs your support to expand our programs and better serve the growing population of people and families that can benefit from what we do together.
Thank you.
Tim Mueller, www.kindtree.org

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I've watched socially challenged strangers become lifelong friends.

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The confidence and connections that are nurtured at KindTree - Autism Rocks Camp could be an everyday experience with a permanent Autism Community Center offering art classes, support groups, social activities and more. Developing this is part of our plan for the next few years.

January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011

One day I featured a young autistic artist from Kind Tree Productions in a treasury on ETSY. At the end of the treasury, I went to purchase the young man's artwork, but was too late. Every picture had sold! The next morning, the artist told me he thought there had been a mistake at first because he had nothing in his shop. He was thrilled that people loved his work and a new friendship was born. I was able to order a later picture and was inspired to design a fairy in the artist's color scheme, donating the profits to KindTree Productions, Inc., a charity close to the artist's heart.

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enjoying one of the artist's work as well as enjoyed updates of KindTree's positive ways they enhance the lives of those with autism!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish I lived closer so I could volunteer in person.

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