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©Kimberly McGuiness

It’s through Julia’s world and life’s journey and experiences I have come to know that every day is a unique blessing and should be celebrated to its fullest, from the smallest accomplishments to the biggest. I invite you to learn more about her and discover her story today.

Julia is the sole inspiration behind this section on the website and its creation. She and her journey are 100% of my life and another 100% is my creative processes, my art, and the bits of my heart and soul that go into each piece I create. Our wish is, we hope you find the blending of these two worlds, motivating, and inspiring to see the light along whatever path you may be on. I promise there is light. I’ve learned we have to look for it and be open to walking through the darkness and shadows to reach it.

Special Interest Resources

ASL Defined  American Sign Language Videos and ASL Lessons Online

Center For Disease Control & Prevention   Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASDs, search for risk factors and causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASDs as early as possible.

Common Sense Media Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Differences

Deaf Bible Project There are 32 Bible stories available and complete with an introduction, the story, and follow-up discussion in seven languages. The website gives access to over 224 stories – filmed, edited, and mastered by DOOR Deaf staff in India and Kenya.

Deaf Newspaper, LLC. It is America’s largest news for the deaf and hard of hearing and offers a full array of news and information for the deaf community.

Disabled World’s primary focus is to provide information and news to the Public, Disability Community, and Organizations, as well as Disabled Rights Campaigners, via our News Service, Articles, Press Releases, and Videos. Our slogan “Towards Tomorrow” reflects the fact that humanity is on its way toward the manifestation of global recognition of the rights and abilities of people with disabilities.

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded, independent state agency that serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

ICE4Autism is the ONLY autism-specific In Case of Emergency (ICE) app. It conveniently stores vital information about YOUR unique needs, sensitivities, and behaviors directly on your iPhone or iPad.

Mayer-Johnson provides Boardmaker with a line of special education software used as a publishing and editing tool to create interactive, symbol-based educational activities, and materials for special education students. It is also used to adapt text-based materials to symbol-based materials for students with limited reading skills.

Medline Plus is A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. Topics of information include health, drugs and supplements, videos, and cool tools.

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States of America.

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Federal civil rights laws and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination and privacy.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

The U. S. Food & Drug Administration finds out everything you wanted to know or do not know about public health and safety, vaccines, and diseases to mention a few.

julia holding an art canvas she painted of a truck
Julia with some of her art