My Genuine Genius Seeks to Broaden Views on Autism

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Erik's Ranch & Retreats is calling for video submissions from autism parents

My Genuine Genius

Introducing MyGenuineGenius.org

Where much of the world focuses on a disability, our staff at Erik’s Ranch & Retreats sees the random acts of brilliance when our young people are truly engaged in something they love to do.

Erik’s Ranch & Retreats, a premier residence and workplace for adults with autism, today launches its My Genuine Genius program; it is calling for video submissions from the autism community. The organization is asking parents of children or young adults with autism to submit 30-60 second videos of their child displaying their unique “Genuine Genius.” The videos will be displayed at http://www.mygenuinegenius.org as part of a project aimed at broadening the view of what is “normal”.

While autism has been in the news frequently in the past months surrounding legislation on insurance coverage, this project will focus on the gifts and talents of young people living with autism. Many young people with autism have found a passion and a gift for art, history, math, athletics or any number of activities. My Genuine Genius will showcase the vast variety of talents this population collectively possesses.

“As a parent of a son with autism and someone privileged to work with young adults on the spectrum, I am continually amazed by the unique abilities of these young people,” said Erik’s Ranch & Retreats founder and CEO Kathryn Nordberg. “Where much of the world focuses on a disability, our staff at Erik’s Ranch & Retreats sees the random acts of brilliance when our young people are truly engaged in something they love to do.”

Parents who are interested in participating can find more information at http://www.mygenuinegenius.org.

This program is just one of the ways Erik’s Ranch & Retreats serves young adults with autism. The nonprofit also offers Erik’s Minnesota Adventures, a program that allows young adults with autism to work as tour guides leading volunteer guests on exciting and unique adventures throughout the Twin Cities. The tours range from horseback trail rides to the Irish culture of St. Paul, which features Celtic dancing lessons, whiskey tastings and a historical tour of St. Paul. Residential programs are also in development in Edina, Minnesota and near Bozeman, Montana, where a tour program will also be launched.

About Erik’s Ranch & Retreats
Erik’s Ranch & Retreats is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 2008, with locations in Edina, Minn., and Paradise Valley, Mont. Using its guiding principles of lifelong learning, individual community building and bidirectional integration, Erik’s Ranch & Retreats provides safe and unequaled living, working, social and recreational environments for adults with autism. Our commitment is that each of our residents lives a rewarding life on his/her own terms, experiencing dignity, compassion and the joy of continuing possibility. To learn more about Erik’s Ranch & Retreats and Erik’s Minnesota Adventures visit, http://www.eriksranch.org.

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