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A MOTHER’S ZINE ADVOCATES FOR CHILDREN OF COLOR IN THE AUTISM COMMUNITY

February 22, 2019
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Multidisciplinary Artist, Art Activist Advocate, and Assistant Professor of Visual Communications and Digital Media Arts at Bowie State University, Jennifer White-Johnson has just released a photo zine honoring her autistic son. White-Johnson advocates autism acceptance and visibility specifically for children of color in the autism community through her art.

Jen White-Johnson @jtknoxroxs

Jen White-Johnson @jtknoxroxs

Jen White-Johnson @jtknoxroxs

She uses creativity as a tool to tackle complicated environmental and societal issues. White-Johnson’s work resonates and has been featured in the Washington Post, Print magazine, and two visual projects from two different Grammy-nominated artists. 

In April of 2017, White-Johnson created an advocacy campaign and photo narrative in honor of Autism Acceptance Month. Her guidelines for the month were direct: Advocate autistic voices, advocate acceptance, advocate autistic love, advocate for your autistic self, advocate autistic opinions, advocate inclusion.

I’m a neuro-typical parent of a high functioning autistic child of color. He’s a minority within a minority which means he’ll be under attack for all the things that make him unique. For all the things ignorant folks won’t accept and refuse to understand. 

Jen White-Johnson @jtknoxroxs

Jen White-Johnson @jtknoxroxs

Perfectly in line with her mission, White-Johnson’s work will be featured at 5 Points event “How to be a Black Designer Without Losing Your Soul” today in Washington, DC! 5 Points is a platform to empower Black designers, that will serve as a support network and force for change. 

Jen White-Johnson @jtknoxroxs

Jen White-Johnson @jtknoxroxs

Jen White-Johnson @jtknoxroxs

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