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Autism STILL rocks. September 10, 2012

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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Our friend Ben wrote a post back in June, “Autism rocks,” which featured the amazing story of how a devoted father, Lonnie Smith, had discovered amazing talents in his severely autistic son Kambel and less severely autistic younger son Kantai and brought those talents to life. The result was a series of illustrated ebooks about an autistic superhero, Survivor, who battles the League of Diseases led by his arch-enemy, Cheeo, whose chief weapon is depression.

The story of these boys and their father and the series, “Survivor: Evolution,” impressed our friend Ben, whose niece and nephew have Asperger’s Syndrome (high-functioning autism) and Silence Dogood, whose best friend’s son, her heart-chosen nephew, also has Asperger’s, no end. (You can read the original post by typing “Autism rocks” in our search bar at upper right.)

Well, last night, something else amazing happened. Kambel and Kantai’s amazing father Lonnie came onto PRA to let us know that there’s now a website, The Inspire Weekly, that talks about the upside of autism and shares the amazing work of younger son Kantai to bring the adventures of Survivor to the computer screen. I am so impressed and so proud of them!

In a world where most of us never do anything worth writing about, this family’s achievements leave me humbled beyond words. I urge everyone to see for themselves at http://theinspireweekly.com/.



1. narf77 - September 11, 2012

When life hands you lemons…make lemonade! A perfect example of this quote 🙂

Thanks, Fran! I agree. I can’t even begin to say how Lonnie Smith makes me think about what I could do to make a difference in disadvantaged children’s lives.

2. Lonnie Smith - October 2, 2012

My sons and I truely appreciate your support. When things are kind of slow it’s hard to keep them motivated about our book series, but your kind words inspire all of us. Our site has been updated for October I hope you enjoy it…..Thanks again!

Lonnie Smith

Lonnie, I can’t begin to say how honored I am to be able to help in any way, how much I respect your efforts, how humbled I am by your achievements. Keep on keeping on, the world needs all of you!

3. Lonnie Smith - November 7, 2012

Hello, hope everyone made it through Sandy. We got hit pretty hard, no electricity for a week, but we are still alive. My sons and I wanted to update your readers on the progress of our mission to inspire families affected by autism. We’ve just released the third book of our series on autistic superheroes, we hope everyone will enjoy it and follow the series. Our next book will be released this coming summer. Thanks again for your support. Stay healthy and keep up the good work. http://www.theinspireweekly.com

Lonnie Smith

Hi Lonnie! Thanks so much for the update! Sandy hit you harder than it did us; we were out of power for five days, our longest time without power to date, and found it very challenging, so I can imagine what a week would have been like. Yow! Glad you all made it through. I’m thrilled that the Survivor series is on track and hope everyone reading this checks in to your link so they can follow the superheroes’ adventures.

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