April is autism awareness month. One thing that makes this disorder such a mystery is the wide-range of how it presents itself. Sometimes a child can seem completely shut down, while some have obsessions and sensory issues. Julie Coy Manier noticed her son was obsessed with paper. She let him play with it... and he created magic.
Grant Manier creates works of art from torn paper and his signature puzzle pieces. Now, he is bringing one of his characters, Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe, to life in the form of a children's book. Grant the Jigsaw Giraffe doesn't have spots, he has markings that look like puzzle pieces. He's on a journey to find the answer to the question: "How Can I Become A Talented Artist If I Can't Hold A Paintbrush Because I Have Hooves?" The book hopes to inspire people to look beyond those who are "different or disabled" and see them for the abilities they do have.
The book is self-funded and Grant and Julie are looking for sponsors to help. There are different levels of sponsorship opportunities to have your name follow Grant and the Giraffe on his national tour and be included on a sponsors page in the book. For more information on sponsorships, log on to JigsawGrant.com/sponsorship.
The book will be available in July. For more information, log on to JigsawGrant.com.
See Grant's eco-art on exhibit:
Autism Awareness Fest
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10am - 4pm
6380 N. Eldridge Parkway
Hope For Three Family Fun Day
Sunday, April 23, 2017
10:45am - 2pm
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