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Educational tools for the autism community & educators, in the form of simplistic images to assist with the recognition of facial cues.

Educational tools for the autism community & educators, in the form of simplistic images to assist with the recognition of facial cues. Read more

Summerville, SC Academic
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Educational tools for the autism community & educators, in the form of simplistic images to assist with the recognition of facial cues.

Summerville, SC Academic
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About this project

KnowMySmile is being developed by arter and writist Drew Blank, with the goal of creating numerous new and exciting tools that will help special needs children express themselves and their feelings. Children with autism frequently struggle with understanding, recognizing or expressing emotion through typical facial expressions. 

Drew's intent is to create a fun and helpful line of flashcards, posters and books that parents and teachers can use with their children to help overcome this hurdle in a unique and imaginative way. 

In order to integrate these tools into families and schools, the materials must be made durable, to endure rigorous and continued use. The KnowMySmile flashcards will be printed on waterproof and tear proof materials that will withstand excessive handling. 

To help keep the price down, this KickStarter will make these tools available to parents and teachers at an affordable cost.

The ABCs of Me!
The ABCs of Me!

We are hoping to have products ready for shipment in September. This way, teachers and parents can incorporate the flashcards and other tools into daily exercises and learning when children head back to school.

"As a teacher in a Specialized Instruction classroom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, I have seen the joy that Drew's work brings to children with ASD firsthand. His artwork is beautifully crafted to enhance learning without being overstimulating. The balance of simplicity and complexity in his work has truly helped develop excitement and passion for learning in my classroom. I couldn't be more encouraged and excited for what is to come!"                                                                                     -JoAnna Barker, Specialized Instruction Autism

New Reward: Kickstarter Exclusive Prints
New Reward: Kickstarter Exclusive Prints

 The Sea Life Loves Ice Cream set will only be available if we reach our goal - prints and canvases will be available, but once the Kickstarter is over, this limited run of adorable art will be retired.

Risks and challenges

It's very important that the Emotions flashcard sets be sturdy, waterproof and resistant to rips and tears. This ensures that parents and educators can continue using the cards for years to come. We have found a manufacturer that specializes in this sort of paper and at this time we are looking at samples and brainstorming for other methods regarding durability.

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    Pledge $5 or more
    About $5 USD

    2 backers

    With your $5 donation, you get our sincerest gratitude - every bit counts to help us bring these products to life. Also, you're eligible for free hugs whenever you see Drew at a convention.

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    Pledge $10 or more
    About $10 USD

    3 backers

    For $10, you'll receive a Know My Smile sticker and button set - show them off proudly!

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    Pledge $15 or more
    About $15 USD

    7 backers

    With a $15 donation, you'll receive a 12" x 18" signed poster of the Know My Smile Emotions, as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    About $25 USD

    2 backers

    With a $25 donation, you'll receive the set of four 8.5" x 8.5" Sea Life Loves Ice Cream limited run prints, a 12" x 18" signed poster of the Know My Smile Emotions, as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    About $30 USD

    2 backers

    This reward is for those that might not benefit from a set of flashcards, but knows a family, school, or organization that might have a need for such tools. For $30, you choose where the Emotions flashcards go - we'll also throw in the button and sticker pack as well as a note card explaining the project.

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    Pledge $35 or more
    About $35 USD

    3 backers

    For $35, you'll get a set of the Emotions flashcards, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    1 backer

    For $35, you'll get the ABCs of Me 12" x 12" 3 poster set, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    5 backers

    You'll receive a Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, an Emotions flashcard set, a signed 12"x18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    2 backers

    You'll receive a Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, the set of four 8.5" x 8.5" Sea Life Loves Ice Cream limited run prints, an ABCs of Me 12" x 12" 3 poster set, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $65 or more
    About $65 USD

    6 backers

    A $65 donation will get you the ABCs of Me flashcard set, an Emotions flashcard set, the Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $65 or more
    About $65 USD

    1 backer

    A $65 donation will get you the ABCs of Me 12" x 12" 3 poster set, the set of four 8.5" x 8.5" Sea Life Loves Ice Cream limited run prints, an Emotions flashcard set, the Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $75 or more
    About $75 USD

    3 backers

    With a $75 donation you'll receive a signed copy of Drew's first children's book, ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?! The ABCs of Me flashcard or 12" x 12" 3 poster set, an Emotions flashcard set, the Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    2 backers

    With a $100 donation you'll receive a 15 minute Skype session where Drew will read his book ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?! to your child or class and answer questions about the book/flashcards/art in general, a signed copy of Drew's first children's book, ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?! The ABCs of Me flashcard or 12" x 12" 3 poster set, an Emotions flashcard set, the Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    With this $100 donation you'll receive the Sea Life Loves Ice Cream prints on four 12" x 12" glossed canvases, a signed copy of Drew's first children's book, ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?! The ABCs of Me flashcard or 12" x 12" 3 poster set, an Emotions flashcard set, the Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $125 or more
    About $125 USD

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    Your $125 donation gets you an Emotions poster digitally personalized with your child's name (or class name), an Emotions coloring book, a signed copy of Drew's first children's book, ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?!, the set of four 8.5" x 8.5" Sea Life Loves Ice Cream limited run prints, The ABCs of Me flashcard or 12" x 12" 3 poster set, an Emotions flashcard set, the Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $150 or more
    About $150 USD

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    This is where the box gets bigger! A donation of $150 gives you a complete 8.5" x 8.5" set of Emotions posters on heavy card stock (20 total), an Emotions poster digitally personalized with your child's name (or class name), an Emotions coloring book, a signed copy of Drew's first children's book, ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?!, the set of four 8.5" x 8.5" Sea Life Loves Ice Cream limited run prints, The ABCs of Me flashcard AND 12" x 12" 3 poster set, an Emotions flashcard set, the Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $175 or more
    About $175 USD

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    An even bigger box of goodies! A donation of $175 gives you a complete 8.5" x 8.5" set of the ABCs of Me posters (26 total) on heavy card stock, a 12" x 18" Emotions poster digitally personalized with your child's name (or class name), an Emotions coloring book, a signed copy of Drew's first children's book, ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?!, the set of four 8.5" x 8.5" Sea Life Loves Ice Cream limited run prints, The ABCs of Me flashcard AND 12" x 12" 3 poster set, an Emotions flashcard set, the Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $200 or more
    About $200 USD

    1 backer

    For your $200 donation, you'll receive the entire collection of Emotions and ABCs of Me 8.5" x 8.5" posters (46 total), a 12" x 18" Emotions poster digitally personalized with your child's name (or class name), an Emotions coloring book, a signed copy of Drew's first children's book, ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?!, the set of four 8.5" x 8.5" Sea Life Loves Ice Cream limited run prints, The ABCs of Me flashcard AND 12" x 12" 3 poster set, an Emotions flashcard set, the Know My Smile tagless t-shirt, a signed 12" x 18" Emotions poster as well as the Know My Smile sticker and button set.

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    Pledge $500 or more
    About $500 USD

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    This is the perfect package for educators! Your donation will provide 25 sets of the Emotion flashcards, the ABCs of Me 12" x 12" 3 poster set, and a signed copy of ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?!

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    Pledge $750 or more
    About $750 USD

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    An even bigger package for the educators! Backing this level will get you a 30 minute Q&A Skype session with Drew, 25 Know My Smile tagless t-shirts OR 25 copies of ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?! as well as 25 sets of the Emotion flashcards and the ABCs of Me 12" x 12" 3 poster set.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    Drew will come to YOU! Somewhere in his busy tour schedule, Drew will visit your school or group for a Q&A session, a Know My Smile drawing activity and a reading of ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?! Along with that awesome stuff, you'll also get 25 Know My Smile tagless t-shirts or 25 copies of ALDO TANNERS! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?!, the set of four 8.5" x 8.5" Sea Life Loves Ice Cream limited run prints, 25 sets of the Emotions flashcards and the ABCs of Me 12" x 12" 3 poster set.

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Funding period

- (30 days)