The Houstonians were fortunate enough to meet Griffin at a signing event on June 12. (Courtesy of Spectrum Fusion)
Clear Lake resident Rhys Griffin released her second children’s book this year through a partnership with Spectrum Fusion, a Houston-based nonprofit, and it can be read by fairy tale fans in Houston and beyond this summer.
The non-profit association Reactor Room offers adults like Griffin, who is on the autism spectrum, a place to connect with the community, develop their talents and reach their full potential through both one-on-one mentoring and collaboration, according to Spectrum. Fusion’s website. Griffin, 27, wrote a Christmas novel with the sponsorship of the association in December on the journey of a train to overcome adversity.
Griffin’s latest book “The Hungry Lady and the Bear” is filled with sweet humor and generous doses of imagination, representatives of Spectrum Fusion said in a June press release.
The story is a twist on fairy tales about the princesses who live in harmony with the creatures of the woods, according to the statement, and any child who has balked at the idea of eating their vegetables can identify with the protagonist of the story. In history, The Hungry Lady, determined to find the main ingredient in her “bear claw” recipe, learns from the animals with whom she shares the woods.
Association executives are in awe of Griffin’s whimsical storytelling, as well as her collaboration with Kentucky illustrator Rachel Joanna on the work, CEO Heidi Ham said in the press release. Joanna is also on the autism spectrum, and their story work is one of many examples of how adults with autism can be successful, Ham said in the statement.
The non-profit organization hosted a book signing and meetup on June 12, where copies of the book were available for purchase. They can be purchased online for $ 15 per hardcover copy at Orange Hat Publishing. website.
Griffin holds an arts degree and a bachelor’s degree from San Jacinto College and the University of Houston-Clear Lake, respectively. His long-term goal is to become a filmmaker, and he’s currently doing voiceover work, depending on the release.
Joanna graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia in 2015 with a degree in sequential art and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. The digital illustrator works with WEBTOON as an influencer, promoting her content with her artwork and illustrating another children’s book, depending on the release.
Empower autistic adults
The creative talents of adults with autism can often be overlooked or understated, but creativity is a prized talent in many industries around the world, Ham said. Community impact journal in December. The nonprofit aims to raise awareness and break down stereotypes about adults with autism like Griffin and Joanna, including the idea that adults with autism are only good at science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to the June press release.
A GoFundMe campaign is active, aimed at raising $ 100,000 for further development of the program.
Spectrum Fusion has also set an example for employers in the Houston area by hiring five adults with autism, including Griffin, for the association’s new media team to date, the statement said. This team, which includes screenwriters, graphic designers, actors, writers and editors, provides creative services and materials to support the mission of Spectrum Fusion.