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VISUAL LEARNERS: A NEW VISION ABOUT AUTISM

11/25/2015,

We live in a crazy world, but it is also a world full of amazing people. At World Kids, we try to discover small projects that have a big social impact, and today I am really pleased to share with you this amazing Spanish project: Aprendices Visuales (or Visual Learners)

Visual Learners is a non-profit organization whose aims is to facilitate children with autism the access to the tools they need to develop at their full potential, through research, the creation of visual materials and social awareness.  There are 64 million children with autism all around the world, and Aprendices Visuales feels that the society should acknowledge that each and every child is unique.

Their project started with the personal experience of a young Andalusian, Miriam Reyes Oliva. After her cousin Jose was diagnosed with autism, Miriam gave him a gift: a story with pictograms to help him to stop using diapers. The story really worked, and Jose learned how to use the toilet on his own. And so, Miriam decided to share it with other families… Here is the rest of her beautiful story:

Photo: Christian Colmenero Martín/Zona IV Producciones. www.christiancolmenero.com

Photo: Christian Colmenero Martín/Zona IV Producciones.

“A few years ago, I shared one book on a blog, “El calzoncillo de José” which we had created for my cousin with autism. I would never have imagined the huge difference would make to my life that small action. Families from all over the world wrote me, telling me that they had used the story and thanking me for having shared it as they had trouble finding material adapted to pictograms to work with their children.

Almost without realizing it, I had crossed that first door that would answer all my social concerns, because being able to contribute to the development of the potential of all these children with wonderful minds is something indescribable for me. After I realized the extent of the existing demand in this field, I decided to put at these children’s disposal my time and creativity, and I designed the project ‘Books for Visual Learners”.

Miriam Reyes Oliva

Although “El Calzoncillo de José” was released in June 2009, it wasn’t until April 2012 that the Association Aprendices Visuales was founded. During those years, Miriam combined her studies of architecture with the design of the project Books for Visual Learners. Gradually, the first partner associations joined in; then, the illustrator Almudena Cookadoodledoo colored the stories; after that, the first recognition arrived with the Nestlé Prize for Solidarity and the closest friends had already become the first volunteers, spreading the project and collaborating with their skills and passions.

 

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With those conditions, this group of youngsters: Amélie Mrg, Antonella Corpaci, Blanca Valls, Miriam Reyes and Yago González, gathered to found the Association Aprendices Visuales and to transform an individual dream into a larger one: the dream of everyone who believes in a world where each child, each adult, each one of us, has access to the tools to reach our full potential.

They offer e-books (also in English and Frech) with pictograms and interactive apps for free for children with autism, they organise expositions that change the vision about autism and  show the world that IT’S POSSIBLE.

Would you like to support their dream?  You can donate now in their crowdfunding campaing, become a monthly donor, or simply be a teamer.  You have complete information at www.aprendicesvisuales.org.

 

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