Monday, December 25, 2017

Filmmakers: Sony Vegas Editing Software is $20! (Ends 12/27)

Merry Christmas!

For filmmakers like me (aspiring or accomplished), this would be a great gift!

Sony Vegas Pro Edit for $20!

Sony Vegas is a video editing software comparable to Adobe Premiere, usually super pricey but you can get it in this $20 bundle until Dec 27th.

Kudos to my brother for finding this deal. (This post was not sponsored by anyone.)

For the record, I am an Adobe Premiere editor but grabbed one of these anyway. $20 is way more affordable than $1,000+ for another Adobe Suite and it's good to have a backup.

And don't forget that until 01/15/2018 you can get a DVD copy (special edition) of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's" for only $10! Alternatively, streaming access to the full-length film is only $5.

Have a great season, stay warm and see you in 2018!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holiday Aspie Special! "Through Our Eyes" Discount

Holiday Aspie Special!

Get a $10 DVD copy (special edition) of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's" or streaming access to the full-length film for only $5, for yourself or loved ones. $1 Neurodiversity magnets in my shop, more goodies to come.

This deal will last all through the season and expires Monday, January 15th.

May your holidays be filled with happy flaps and quiet rooms aplenty.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

WIN A FREE Digital Download of "Through Our Eyes" Special Edition!

Want to see the extended edition of my film for FREE?

Just sign up for our social media contest and you'll be entered in a drawing to win lifetime access to the digital version of my 50-minute documentary! Be one of 10 lucky winners. The last day to enter is July 31, 2017 at 09:15 PM CDT.

After you've entered, increase your chances of winning by subscribing to my blog, The Life of an Aspie!

You can earn even more entries by sharing contest with a special link or by following me on Facebook and Twitter!

Sound good? Then click here to enter the contest.

And if you don't win, don't despair: you can pick up the digital extended edition (exact same product and access) in my store.

All you need is a web browser and a computer or smartphone to watch it on. Check it out in my shop!

From the shop page, simply click the link provided, register an account at the website (graciously hosted by Cavetech Business Solutions), and follow the instructions from there.

Please note that the digital version is only the 50-minute film and does not include the special features from the DVD.


Friday, July 21, 2017

NEW!! Digital Download of "Through Our Eyes" Special Edition!

Want to see the extended edition of my film, but don't want to pay for shipping?

Now you can! All you need is a web browser and a computer or smartphone to watch it on. Check it out in my shop!

From the shop page, simply click the link provided, register an account at the website (graciously hosted by Cavetech Business Solutions), and follow the instructions from there.

Please note that the purchase is only for the 50-minute film and does not include the special features from the DVD.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DVD Discount to Celebrate 3,000 Subscribers!

I now have 3,000 subscribers on YouTube! I am super lucky to have you guys watching my videos and giving feedback. I'm also happy to see that my Asperger's documentary has spread so much awareness and helped promote acceptance of our species!

To celebrate, I applied a discount to my DVD copies of "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's." This offer is only valid until August 9th, so if you don't already have a copy or want to pick up one for a friend, now is a great time!

Thank you all for your support! I love making videos on Asperger's and Autism and I hope to continue it for a while.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Autistic Gaming Initiative

Do you appreciate autistic people who love video games?
How about autism organizations that make an effort to support them?

If you haven't heard about the Autistic Gaming Initiative yet, you're in for a treat. Autistic gamers from all over the Internet are teaming up, playing games live once a month to raise money for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network and the Autism Women's Network. These charities are autistic-approved organizations that advocate for the interests of autistics, while providing them with much-needed resources.

EDIT: This specific stream is over, but there will be more since we have these once a month! Check out my Events page to participate in the next one.
Today begins the second Autistic Gaming Initiative live stream event, running from 3pm EST today to 3pm EST tomorrow.

This is the craziness that happened during the June 2017 streams:

           Steph Diorio                                         Alyssa Huber / Gingersnaspie
                                            kiotsukare                                                                Chaz

Each gamer has their own time slot before passing the baton to the next gamer. Check out the schedule to see who's streaming!

EDIT: This was for the June 2017 stream, please check AGI's Facebook page for the more recent schedules.
(ALL TIMES IN EST: Stream starts at 3:00 PM.)
3:00-5:24 EST: Sam:
5:24-7:48 EST: Sythra:
7:48-10:12 EST: kiotsukare:
10:12-12:36 EST: Tijawn:
12:36-3:00 EST: Wolfesbrain:
3:00-5:24 EST: Joobles:
5:24-7:48 EST: Ell:
7:48-10:12 EST: Steph/1863_project:
10:30-12:30 EST: Alyssa Huber / Gingersnaspie:
12:36-3:00 EST: Chaz:

You can read their bios here.

EDIT: You can find Alyssa's next scheduled streaming time on the Events page.

To watch Alyssa's livestream, tune in tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:30am-12:30pm ESTthat's 9:30am-11:30am CST for local Chicagoans.

If you aren't already following Alyssa's blog on Asperger's Syndrome, check it out! This website (Alyssa Huber Films) is mainly for event updates, but her blog gives a more personal look at her experiences of being on the spectrum.

Thank you for your support, and see you then!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

SAIL Transition Program - Graduation Speech 2017

I was in the SAIL transition program from 2010 - 2012, and was invited to speak at the graduation breakfast for students graduating May 24th, 2017.

I had a great time and enjoyed meeting new students and the staff!

[ Transcription Below]

The SAIL (Students Attaining Independent Living) transition program is a community-based, life-skills program for students ages 18-22. The goal of the program is to prepare students for the transition from public education to adult living at age 22. The program uses supported real-life experiences to facilitate the development of independent adult skills. As appropriate, students practice their independent skills in community settings. Program components include daily living skills, personal social and social language skills, vocational training, money management, consumer foods, communication skills, community and career exploration, recreation and leisure, and volunteerism.


(Written by Alyssa Huber)

"How do you define success? What does it mean to you?

Maybe it's becoming famous, inventing something, getting a job, or learning to drive.

Maybe it's making friends, or just getting out of bed in the morning to push through one more difficult day.

I think that success is an ongoing journey that looks different for everyone.

For me, my story is inseparable from my success.

I decided from a young age that I really wanted to make movies. I wrote a script--a pretty bad one, honestly--I was only 10 yrs old. I never did make it into a film, but that it did spark my interest in making movies.

After I started going to Middle School, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. The teachers noticed I was a bit... different. Like, when they called on me in class, I would reply with *meow* since I was obsessed with cats at the time.

School was so overwhelming for me that I had meltdowns when I got home, and a few times I even kicked holes in the walls. I was just so exhausted from trying to put up a brave front every day.

When I was a teenager: I was socially awkward and had trouble making and keeping friends. I was very anxious and depressed a lot, and I felt lost and alone.
I mention these dark times because success can't happen without 2 things:
1. Failure
2. Struggle
...and I had a lot of both.

In spite all of that, I did make some friends. I finally got to know enough people to have a small cast for a movie. So I teamed up with friends to produce an amateur film called "Cursed Waters," a comedy adventure about pirates. It's not my best work, but it was a lot of fun, and a good filmmaking experience.

When I got to the SAIL program, I made friends more easily. I learned how to be a good friend and an example of good student--though I did cause trouble sometimes!

My favorite day was cooking day, because we got to eat the food we made!

I loved the SAIL program and my friends, so much that I made a short video series about our shenanigans. (It's up on YouTube)

I started college at Judson University in 2012 and recently graduated with a B.A. in Media Creation & Production.

And I’m currently in the process of finding a suitable job in my field.

While I was still in college, I produced a documentary on Asperger's Syndrome and autism, titled "Through Our Eyes: Living with Asperger's." I would say that my documentary is one of my greatest accomplishments, because it's helped a lot of people who have watched it. In fact, it's received almost 500,000 views since I've posted it on YouTube in 2015.

A lot of people equate success with happiness, but something I learned is that the traditional idea of success--like getting lots of views on YouTube--is not the key to happiness. My documentary did help my confidence, but there's more to it.

I wanted to share what I've learned in my journey so far.

My first step to success was taking care of myself (physically and mentally). If I'm not feeling well, it's really hard to do well. I've worked hard to establish healthy habits like getting enough sleep, eating balanced meals, exercising, advocating for my special needs, and addressing underlying health problems so I can feel my best.

Another thing I learned is... do not underestimate your value. Like any other person, you deserve to live, and to be loved and supported. You deserve to be hired for jobs, and to make a living. To have friends, and to have fun.

It doesn't matter if you have a disability, a health condition, or other limitations; you are just as awesome as anyone else!

Also, always do your best. Not my best, not Anne's best, not someone else's best, YOUR best. Don't compare yourself to other people.

If your best means getting out of bed in the morning, or getting out the door on time, or being brave when you have to make a phone call, or go to the doctor, your Best is just as good as anyone else's Best.

Wherever you are in life, always look for the positives. I guarantee that if you look, you will always find something good ; even in the darkest places. Whenever you feel upset, or unmotivated, or if you get stuck in your journey to success, take a deep breath and look at the beautiful world around you.

Also, always believe you can be better. The best thing about being imperfect, is that you can always improve. Like, if I've been skipping my daily workout, I make myself do it next time. Or, If I've being hurtful with my words, I try to be better by thinking before I speak. Or if I feel alone and don't know what to do, I see my therapist who can help me get back on track.

The last important lesson I learned is... don't be afraid to lead your own life. You are an adult now, and your own person, and you can make your own decisions. It's good to ask for help; though you ultimately decide what advice to take. You are in control your life.

As you graduate from the SAIL program and head towards your future, Be proud of who you are and what you've done in your life. Reflect on your happy memories, accomplishments, and friends you've had. Take what you've learned and use it to reach your dreams."