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Be a part of the Autism Admiration movement! Faces of Autism will inspire you to view autism through a different lens.
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Tera Girardin is a child and family photographer in the Minneapolis, MN area. When her own son was diagnosed with autism, it led her on a mission to photograph children with autism and shine a light on how remarkable they are. “Faces of Autism” is filled with her compelling photographs and messages of inspiration, admiration and celebration. During the course of the 2-year project, she realized not only do we need to raise autism awareness and acceptance but we need to shift our thinking and ADMIRE those with autism for the gifts they are. To value the light and love they bring to the world.

 

There are plenty of books about autism to tell you about the ins and outs, difficulties, theories, therapies, facts, data, statistics, and all about how hard autism is.

This isn’t that kind of book.

This book chooses to see the beauty and love that resides in each child beyond the diagnosis and sometimes because of the diagnosis. You’ll also hear from their parents about the challenges their child has overcome, the things they’ve learned and words of advice for other parents. And Tera takes you on her own journey so you can see autism through her lens.

If you believe in capabilities vs disabilities, if you believe there is more to a person than the diagnosis, if you believe autism is more than the challenges is presents, then this book is for you. Be inspired and be a part of the autism admiration movement!

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Risks and challenges

The book will be 10x10 hardcover and have full color beautiful photographs and inspiring stories about each child. So this is not an inexpensive book to print! However, from day one Tera has had a clear vision what the final product will be. Her background with not only photography but also marketing and design has ensured this project will be a success. Also, working with Wise Ink (a creative publishing agency), she has the support and expertise in the book publishing industry she needs. The risk is this is Tera's first book and there's not another book out there like this, especially in the autism category. However, the time is ripe to be talking about autism in a new light.

The goal of $12,000 is the minimum needed to launch this book into the world. Even with this goal met, some of the publishing costs will be paid for by Tera directly. Ideally the fundraising campaign will raise $15,000 which will cover the production, printing, and distribution costs and some basic marketing. If more than $15,000 is raised, there are plans to do a traveling art display and exhibit at various autism conferences and walks or art centers.

Currently the book manuscript and photography is complete and is now in editing and design with the plan to print in February 2017. The release date will be April 2, 2017, which is World Autism Day! Books ordered now will be delivered in late March 2017.

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    Support

    Be a part of the autism admiration movement and support this great book that focuses on the light of children with autism. A handwritten heartfelt thank you note from the author will be mailed to you upon completion of the campaign.

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    Launch Party Invite

    Be a part of the autism admiration movement and support this great book by coming to the launch party. To be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 (World Autism Day!) at a location to be determined but in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Get an invite and come celebrate with us!

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    Limited Edition Art Notecards

    NOT specific to autism!
    Inspirational quote from the book on 5x5 flat notecards. Pack of 10 cards and envelopes are perfect for educators and anyone who wants to send a positive message to others.

    Quote reads: You are unique. You are special. You are valued. Don’t forget that. You are needed in this world. Your light needs to shine. Your way of thinking, your ideas, your words, your skills, your senses, your awareness, your peace, your joy, your love, your very being is needed. You have much to share. Shine bright!

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    Faces of Autism Signed Book

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    A signed book will be donated in your name to either a school of your choice or one we will select for you. A great way to support the project if you don't have a specific person to buy the book for!

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    Signed Book with Custom Bookplate

    Be a part of the autism admiration movement and get your book pre-ordered and SIGNED by the author. Create a custom message for your special someone and have it adhered directly in the front of the book. You will be contacted after the campaign to create your message.
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    Faces of Autism Signed Book (Qty 2)

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    Buy One, Gift One

    Two signed books, one for you and one with a custom bookplate message and shipped directly to your friend, loved one or special educator. You will be contacted after the campaign to create your message. Includes invite to the launch party too!

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    Limited Edition Art Print

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    Inspirational quote from the book on 12x12 art print ready for framing. A wonderful message from the book for any classroom, bedroom or office (not specific to autism!). 
    Includes invite to the launch party too!

    Quote reads: You are unique. You are special. You are valued. Don’t forget that. You are needed in this world. Your light needs to shine. Your way of thinking, your ideas, your words, your skills, your senses, your awareness, your peace, your joy, your love, your very being is needed. You have much to share. Shine bright!

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    Book & Print Combo

    Receive a signed book and a 12x12 Limited Edition Art print with an inspirational quote from the book. Invite to the launch party too!

    Quote reads: You are unique. You are special. You are valued. Don’t forget that. You are needed in this world. Your light needs to shine. Your way of thinking, your ideas, your words, your skills, your senses, your awareness, your peace, your joy, your love, your very being is needed. You have much to share. Shine bright!

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    Books to Share! (Qty 5)

    5 signed books, plus 5 Limited Edition Art notecards to include as you share this special book with those you love. Includes invite to the launch party too!

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    Family Portrait Session (Session Only)

    NOT specific to autism!
    Schedule your own family session with Tera Photography! What’s included? A session for any member of your immediate family, in studio or on location, 30+ proofs to view in a private online gallery, no minimum order obligation (digital and print products are NOT included in this session fee). Can be scheduled any time in the next year. Great for clients who schedule a session each year!  $150 value! Sessions must take place in the Twin Cities Metro Area.

    (Please see www.teraphotography.com for more details). 

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    Autism Admiration Night

    Have your own Autism Admiration Night with this Book Club Kit. Host other autism parents (or invite those without autism for an educational opportunity!) for a night of sharing stories about your own awesome children! Includes 8 signed books, set of Limited Edition Art notecards, and 1 hour of facilitation & Q/A with author Tera Girardin (either in person or via FaceTime / Skype). Includes invite to the launch party too!

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    Family Portrait Session (All Inclusive)

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    Schedule your own family session with Tera Photography! What’s included? A session for any member of your immediate family, in studio or on location, 12 digital negatives on a flash drive delivered 2 weeks after your session. Can be scheduled any time in the next year. Great for clients who schedule a session each year!  $495 value! Sessions must take place in the Twin Cities Metro Area.

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    Personal Faces of Autism Session

    Want to have special images of your own favorite face of autism? Let Tera capture your child with this special portrait session designed just for your family. Tera will collaborate with you, learn about your child and create beautiful images for you to treasure. This package includes a pre-session consultation,  either on-location or in studio session, 20 images presented to you as 5x7 prints in a leather keepsake box and the digital negatives on a flash drive. The value of this package is normally $850!  Sessions must take place in the Twin Cities Metro Area. No age limit!

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    Corporate Sponsorship

    Thank you for your support! At this level your business will be acknowledged on the Faces of Autism website as an Autism Admiration supporter with a link back to your business website. Also included are 10 Limited Edition Art Prints to give to your employees or clients. Perfect for those business who serve the autism community and those who support ALL abilities.

    12x12 Art Print comes ready for framing and reads: You are unique. You are special. You are valued. Don’t forget that. You are needed in this world. Your light needs to shine. Your way of thinking, your ideas, your words, your skills, your senses, your awareness, your peace, your joy, your love, your very being is needed. You have much to share. Shine bright!
     

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