Introduction


HAP 2008 Online Literary Magazine

In 2000 when Marco was born, my sister asked me to be his godmother.  Having two children of my own, I accepted this request with great joy.  In 2002, when we learned Marco was autistic, I accepted another responsibility, one to help her communicate with other families in the community about the challenges and joys of being an autistic family in a community that is only today beginning to learn about autism.  Inspired by a passage from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, I created the Living Arrows website - www.LivingArrows.com.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

As a result of its impact and a commitment to help adults with autism who may have been misdiagnosed or undiagnosed until recently, I created www.WorkSmarterNowForAutism.com.   This site is a resource for individuals in the autistic community to find resources and information they may need, and share information with others in the autistic community.

The primary goal within Work Smarter Now For Autism is to provide an online community through which

  • Individuals who may have chosen self-employment as a career alternative may present an internet presence
  • Individuals with a desire to express themselves artistically can display their art work in an online museum
  • Individuals with a desire to communicate with others through the internet community may develop an online network

In conjunction with this website, I began the HAP Online Museum and Traveling Art Show in 2007 to help communicate the unique ways we all contribute in the community and the need for everyone to help anyone participate.  In 2008, I am adding the HAP Online Literary Magazine, and will be accepting submissions throughout 2008.  Looking forward to hearing from you.  --  Suzann Brucato

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Not all submissions will be posted, however all posted submissions will retain the copyright of the author/artist and will include the name of the author/artist.  Please include author/artist name (first name required, second name optional) and state (city is optional).  No contact information will be posted on the HAP Literary Magazine website. No monetary compensation is provided for any submissions or posted contributions to this magazine.