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Watch Ben's Movie
Ben Trockman was an athlete and competed in motocross races for years. But things changed during a 2006 race when he crashed on his motorcycle and the resulting spinal cord injury left him paralyzed.
Read Ben's story and watch his movie:
After months of intensive rehabilitation during his junior year of high school, Ben longed to return to his hometown of Evansville, Indiana. He started intensive physical therapy at Easter Seals. A team of therapists, rehabilitation engineers and technologists helped Ben's parents make their home accessible.
Ben graduated high school and is now a junior in college. Everyday, innovative technology helps him to get into his van, take exams, write papers and keep up with friends online.
When he graduates and finds a job, Easter Seals can help Ben with accommodations in the workplace. "If you find the right field and apply yourself, there should be no limitations," he says. "The key is for people to see past the disability."
Learn more about Ben's plans for the future, and watch his movie.
TWO Strokes of Genius Artists’ Win UN Award
New York, N.Y. On April 2, 2012 Strokes of Genius will be holding their Second Benefit to celebrate our extraordinary artists and their families. On January 25, 2012, the United Nations announced the winning artists for the Autism Awareness Stamp .
Signed certificates from Temple Grandin will be presented to our pioneering parents who have nurtured and supported an artistic journey for their sons and daughters. Also honored, will be Trent Altman and Seth Chwast (both SOG artists), who are among the 8 artists selected after a worldwide search by the United Nations Postal Administration and whose winning designs will be featured on the The United Nations World Autism Awareness Stamp!
Trent’s winning design, An Abstract Garden II is available for $12 commemorative posters each personally signed by Altman. Trent Altman is an award-winning artist who exhibits his work nationally in fine art shows and galleries. He paints expressionistic abstract pieces in acrylics and mixed media collages on canvas. The proceeds of his poster will be used to pay for his trip to New York. To learn more about Trent or to purchase paintings or commemorative UN posters, go to .
Chwast’s wining design Mythic Creatures Mural shows his fascination. A dramatic change came in 2003, when at age 20 he took an oil painting class at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Seth, who rarely speaks, began describing his world in paint. At 23 he has been on the Today show,and has had solo exhibitions in Galapagos, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, and Curaçao. Seth’s paintings went to the United Nations and to the Museum of Modern Art of the Ukraine in Kiev. To learn more about Seth, go to
Another highpoint to this evening will be the individual speakers who are young artists on the spectrum as they pay tribute to their parents. Amanda LaMunyon (16 years old) is the Keynote speaker. Amanda’s 2008 speech at the United Nations World Autism Awareness Inaugural event left the UN Delegates in tears. Amanda will be followed by 14 year old Paloma Kalisch. Extraordinary prints and original art from additional SOG artists ( Donna Williams, Ping Lian Yeak, Erik Warren and Jonathan Lerman) will also be available for sale commemorating this historical event.
The art exhibition and reception are in support of the Strokes of Genius mission to empower individuals with ASD and to "Train The Talent. Our program is innovatively committed to expanding social responsibility by way of inclusionary initiatives. TTT will provide a curriculum and series of art workshops to introduce young students with ASD to an art studio experience; provide certification in TTT to art therapists; create mentoring roles through inclusion for savant artists as instructors for young children; create and increase exhibition opportunities for artists; establish a Strokes of Genius traveling exhibition where artists on the spectrum can exhibit their extraordinary works as “artists” as opposed to “artists with autism” alongside mainstream recognized artists.
This event is made possible through the support of the McCarton School for Autism, the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics, Stuart Flaum - Special Needs Family Planning, and The National Autism Association – NY Metro Chapter.
For more information about Strokes of Genius go to
Dr. Rosa C. Martinez
Strokes of Genius - President
(718) 434-6865
Invitation to NYC Monthly Disability Film Series on March 7th, April 4th, and May 9th!
DISLABELED is NYC’s monthly screening series dedicated to celebrating disability culture. We showcase films that portray people with disabilities living full lives and then follow it up with lively, meaningful conversations.
It has been too long and we never had a proper chance to say a proper farewell. I've missed our monthly screenings, but am thrilled to be back in touch with some EXCELLENT news. Are YOU ready to get a monthly dose of cutting edge disability film and lively discussion back in your life???
Inspired by the magic we created with disTHIS!, the new
DISLABELED Film Series is NYC's NEW monthly screening series dedicated to celebrating disability culture. DISLABELED will showcase films that portray people with disabilities living full lives and then follow up with lively, meaningful conversations.
Join us for our first night as we kick things off with the award-winning Spanish film YO, TAMBIéN! and through the kindness of our friends at Reel Abilities, the fabulous short film "Aglaée."
Wednesday March 7th 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan (between 34th and 35th Sts) Photo ID required for entry.
Watch the trailer for "YO, TAMBIéN!" here:
More details about the exciting short film "Aglaée" can be found at the following:
$5 Suggested Donation.
This Spring we are screening films on April 4 and May 9, same place and same time. More flyers are coming your way!
DISLABELED is proud to feature Open Captioning, Audio Description, ASL Interpretation and Barrier-Free Access at all screenings and events, guaranteed.
Please support our scent-free environment by abstaining from perfume and cologne.
We are determined to make this program fully accessible to the entire community. To do this we are raising money to hire American Sign Language interpreters for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and provide Audio Description for those who are blind or visually impaired at our April and May screenings. We need to raise $600 by April 18th.
Such events provide a great space to not only introduce and explore themes of disability, representation, and community, but also for disabled people and their allies to come together and engage in dialogue. Since disTHIS! ended two years ago audience members have clamored for something new to take its place. Those at DISLABELED are eager and proud to not just pick up the torch but to carry it into exciting new directions.
**In order to keep American Sign Language interpretation and Audio Description at every screening, we need to raise $600 for April and May.
PLEASE visit IndieGOGO and donate what you can! (We are also accepting donations at the screening.)**


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