Brent and Linda were featured guests on Autism Live TV with Shannon Penrod. Shannon is the mother of a child with Autism. She is an author, speaker, coach, educator, film maker and Autism advocate. Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Tarzana, California, and with offices throughout [...]
Our family is so honored to be included in the latest issue of Kappa Kappa Gamma’s national magazine, The Key. The Key is renowned for their celebration of courage, determination and service. To be featured is a triumph for our entire family and our commitment to Celebrate Autism. To view the full story in The [...]
Please consider Brent’s “Literal Mind” when you use this saying…. CUT A RUG: This is a slang expression for dancing. It originates from the idea that you may have to move rugs out of the way to dance or can describe someone who dances so much that they wear a hole in the rug.
The Autism Society of Ventura County AWESOME IN AUTISM 2013 AWARDEES: • Parent or Family of the Year –Linda, Brent and Jenny Anderson • Educator of the Year (PreK-8th grade) – Heather Duval, Poinsettia Elementary • Educator of the Year (Secondary/Post-Secondary) – Andrea Baehne Meyer, Camarillo Academy for Excellence • Educator of the Year (Integrated Setting) – Steve Turner, Ventura Community College [...]
Our journey to write Unintentional Humor and create the Celebrate Autism foundation would not have been possible without the support and friendship of the incredible women of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In May, 2012 we visited the Struve family in Chicago, IL. Robin Ruyle Struve, is an attorney at Latham & Watkins, LLP who has generously [...]
A huge crowd gathered for the opening of a music themed Art of Autism exhibit at Mr. Musichead gallery in Hollywood on March 23, 2013. Autism advocate and filmaker, Alex Plank emceed the nights events which showcased music by talented singer/songwriter Nick Guzman. Other presentators included Dani Bowman, founder of Powerlight Studios; Kelly Green, founder [...]
Thank you Kim for writing about Unintentional Humor and the literal mind of autism. It is so important for people to understand the confusion that often occurs with our spoken language. By sharing Brent’s stories and humorous examples of his literal mind, we hope to help everyone learn to communicate more effectively.
Brent often reads this story from our book when we speak at schools and conferences. Can you imagine experiencing all of the sensory overload he did and also being afraid about this? Please have compassion for those on the autism spectrum. You may not know what they are worried about…. The Monkey Bars story and [...]
On January 21, 2013 Barack Obama was inaugurated to his second term as President of the United States. As he begins his second term in office, he may now be referred to as a “Lame Duck” President. The term “Lame Duck” originated in the 1700s to describe a stockbroker who did not meet his debts. [...]
The New Year is starting off with a BANG!! We have acquired the Unintentional Humor™ travel mobile (also known as the Celebrate Autism RV) and we are HITTING THE ROAD (this cartoon will be featured in our 2nd edition book). Our new mode of transportation is just perfect! A 24 foot Itasca Navion equipped [...]
Santa Claus vs. Santa Claws…..an interesting thought?? This could easily be misunderstood by many young children. We recommend making sure your children know who they are going to visit at the mall this year. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
We hope everyone is having a happy holiday! Here is one of our favorite cartoons, and very appropriate for today too. Dress the turkey.
On November 3rd we participated in the “Autism Across the Lifespan” conference in Camarillo, CA. The conference keynote speaker was Jerry Newport, an author with Asperger syndrome whose life was the basis of the 2005 film Mozart and the Whale (starring Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell). He is known for his frank advice and humor [...]
This describes someone that leads a very inactive lifestyle. This is usually a person who spends a lot of time on the couch watching television.
Brent was a welcomed guest at the Morgan Autism Center on Tuesday October 30th. He shared stories and the Unintentional Humor quiz with a very attentive audience. Not only did they guess most cartoons correctly, but they also offered additional ideas for Unintentional Humor Volume 2. THANK YOU Morgan Autism Center for your warm welcome. [...]
This is a common way to wish “good luck” to an actor or performer before they go on stage. Some people believe that by saying the opposite of what you really want you will prevent something bad from happening.
Last weekend, Brent and Linda were featured in the Ventura County Star! Read part of the article below. In Camarillo Talk, Mother-Son Duo Talk Share Experiences About Autism By: Mark Storer When Brent Anderson was a young boy, his mother, Linda knew he was a different. “He was diagnosed with autism at age 13,” [...]
Today is World Animal Day and to celebrate we are going to share with you some of Brent’s favorite animal cartoons from the book! Brent has always been really passionate about animals. He rode horses at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, volunteered at the Denver Zoo throughout high school, and he continues to [...]
The new RV made the trip to Colorado for an exciting week of sharing Unintentional Humor™ with many friends, new and old. Our first stop was Fort Collins, CO to meet with Temple Grandin. After an enjoyable lunch meeting, Temple received the beautiful painting that Kevin Hosseini made for her. Brent and Linda spoke to [...]
A few weeks ago, Brent and Linda met with talented photographer Michael Alvarez at the Brooks Institute studio in Ventura. Brent usually doesn’t like having his picture taken, but Mike and his assistant Codie made it a lot of fun! Here are some of our favorite shots!! Thank you Mike and Codie!
This is a slang term used for a mental institution or a place where people go when they are having mental problems. Sometimes these people are considered, “funny in the head”.