Having had the honor of hosting the Inaugural International Naturally Autistic People Awards in Vancouver, B.C. this past October 2010, one of the many impressive people within the industry I had the good fortune of meeting was Mr. Tim Mueller of Kind Tree Productions. Becoming acquainted with both himself, his wife as well as his very generous nature made it abundantly clear that there are more than a few individuals dedicating themselves to making a difference in the world.
Kind Tree is all about assisting, supporting and celebrating the differences in people and building upon their strengths allowing them to flourish! Thank YOU Tim Mueller and Kind Tree Productions for being the example as well as one of many solutions the community now has to turn to.
They have a wonderful summer program that I have heard fabulous things about! An opporuntity for families to get together and enjoy a great summer venue, with sensory games, music, great food and laughter.
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!"
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!