Today we want to share with you all this amazing company who sells these wonderful one-of-a-kind artworks. Paper Clouds Apparel was formed to showcase the creative minds and artistic abilities of individuals with special needs while raising funds to provide financial support for special needs schools and organizations. They achieve this goal by selling t-shirts, hats and totes featuring artwork designed by individuals with special needs. Paper Clouds Apparel also hires individuals with special needs to package all of our sensory-friendly clothing. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the sale of all merchandise is given to the cause that they are promoting in each campaign.
For example this week they are supporting an organization called iCan House who aims to educate, support, and enhance the lives of those with social challenges and their families. This amazing facility is open to people ages 8 and up who experience challenges or difficulties with social interactions. Many of the members have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or Asperger's but, because the facility focuses on behavior rather than a diagnosis, a diagnosis is not required for participation. iCan House is unique because they focus on what their clients “CAN” do based on their individual abilities and strengths! They believe a positive approach to changing behavior is critical. They want each person to feel successful, so they consciously position participants for success in social settings. Once clients know they can be successful and accepted, they want more which builds self esteem and confidence. Thus grows the motivation to keep learning and to experience social connections with others!
This awesome organization is solely dedicated to promoting autism acceptance through the arts. All art for this campaign was created by artists in this organization. The MaxLove
Team is especially in love with this "Dino Ballerina" created by thirteen year old Julia. She was born in China and joined her family when she was 5 and a half. Julia had a hard life in China and when she came home she received diagnoses of PDD-NOS, ADHD and Reactive Attachment Disorder. School work is challenging for Julia and she works very hard with her wonderful teachers. Julia started drawing just before her seventh birthday. She loves to draw, paint, color and work with clay. She also loves dinosaurs, everything about Harry Potter and playing the cello. Julia is excited to be working with Paper Cloud
to help raise money for ICan House
and to see her dancing dinosaurs on shirts and hats!