Friday, August 30, 2013

Say hi to Stephanie!

Stephanie is a happy, loving 6th grader at SFACS. She loves to draw... especially dolls, ballerinas and mermaids. When not drawing, Stephanie likes to dance, play or be outside. Stephanie is a joy to her family and a joy to her school. Her happiness is contagious and when you're with her, you can't help but smile.

Stephanie designed the pretty spectacular pink unicorn for the current campaign with South Florida Autism Charter School.

Check out her awesome apparel artwork on and support Stephanie and SFACS!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Welcome to the PCA family Yi Li !

Here is another story we received that compelled me to give away a FREE Paper Clouds Apparel shirt:

I would love to win the orange 3-flower shirt for my daughter, Yi Li, who is 2yrs old. We adopted her from China, and she has Down Syndrome. The three flowers represent her 3 copies of Chromosome 21. She could wear it as a dress now and continue to wear it as a shirt as she grows-- continually promoting the awesome things your organization does. 

 (Beautiful Yi Li)

Upon telling Amy, the amazing mother who emailed us, that we were giving Yi Li one of our shirts she amazed me even more with this response

WOW-- Thank you! Our sons (also adopted, also "special needs," are so thrilled that their little sister won this awesome shirt. My oldest (from Ethiopia) said "those flowers are us, mama! One for me, one for Eli and one for Yi Li."
Thank you for all you do-- your organization is amazing!
Then when the shirt arrived I received this message and picture :)
 Yes-- it's wonderful!! Finally was able to get our boys to pose with it and a picture of their little sister, Yi. We hope to have her home around Christmas and can't wait to send a picture of her wearing it as a dress
Thank you again!
(Yi Li's brothers holder her shirt)

WOW ! Could not be happier to have this family now have joined the Paper Clouds Apparel family. Hope you will show them some love :)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Meet Caylie!

This is the story submitted by Caylie's mother: 

Not sure how this works, or if it will, but the shirt is not for me, I am asking for my 11-year-old daughter. She is my oldest, and my only girl, also she is NT (Nuro-typical), but my 2 sons (8 and 6) are ASD. She is the greatest big sister. She does so much for them, helps them out at school, helps them at home. She even told a teacher to stop making fun of her brother, "because he is autistic, and cannot help the noises he makes." She is so understanding, even when they get mad at her and pinch or hit her, she calmly tells them to be nice and "we don't hit." I love all my wonderful babies, but sometimes she gets lost in the Frey. OT/ST, psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors appointments. I try my best to bring her with, do something special for her, but I don't feel like I do enough for them. And she often asks if we can raise money to help other kids like her brothers. If she got a free shirt, I think she will say I helped someone today. Sounds silly, I know. If I could afford to do more, I would, and if she got this shirt, she will tell everyone, and share. Thank you!

I had to pick Caylie as one of those to receive a free Paper Clouds Apparel shirt. Her mother then sent in the picture above and the following statement:

The one in the middle (with the PCA shirt on), is my daughter Caylie. She is my oldest, the boys beside her are her little brothers, both have ASD. She loves them very much and was so excited to she that this shirt came in the mail for her, along with a little note. She teared up a bit, when she said, "Someday I will help more, more kids like my brothers." She didn't want to take a picture with out them.

WOW! Caylie, you are an amazing young lady and I am proud to have you wearing PCA! You are a role model and so happy to welcome you to the Paper Clouds Apparel family.

-- Robert

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Amazing Reece :)

Last week I decided that I wanted to give away some Paper Clouds Apparel shirts to some people that follow our page and maybe could use a gift to cheer them up, or a reward for just being a fantastic human being. I had planned on giving away three free shirts but after the stories started pouring in, I came to the realization I would have to give away more. I ended up shipping out NINE free shirts !!! After meeting some of these amazing individuals I hope you understand why I felt compelled to hook them up. Also this caused me to realize that I enjoyed hearing these stories and giving away some free shirts. So, EVERY campaign I will be hooking some people up :) 

This is Reece, one of the recipients of a free PCA shirt, and here is the story her mom sent us on why she should receive on of the shirts;

(Reece in her PCA shirt with her younger brother)

"I would love to give one to my daughter. She just started a new junior high school this year. She is very petite, only 5th %...she has overcome so much at school over the years being the littlest one...being that everyone thinks her brother is the older one, when he is 2 years younger than her. She is my princess, no matter her size...she would wear this extra small, extra special shirt, so well!" 

How could I say "no" to this little angel ? So I sent her the Orange Blossom shirt she is wearing in the picture above and here was what her mother had to say upon Reece receiving her package from Paper Clouds Apparel;

(Reece holding her package addressed to her)

" Reece was super excited...and she was so impressed that someone with special needs made this shirt for her! She loves it! Here is Reece with her brother also, he is 2 years (almost to the day) younger than her. I always tell Reece she is tiny, but mighty! thank you so much!!"

It was my honor to give Reece a Paper Clouds Apparel shirt and she looks great in it !!! Seeing that big smile makes this experience so rewarding. Thank you Reece for being yourself ! Keep it up


Monday, August 26, 2013


If there's one thing Mitchell loves to do, it is to draw. All he needs is a piece of paper and a pen, marker or pencil and he is captivated. 

Mitchell loves to draw characters from his favorite movies. He can tell you every detail about every movie and character, including the year the movie was released in theaters. His teachers dream of him one day working at a theme park in Orlando, drawing caricatures of the park-goers. 

Mitchell is an inspiring, motivating student. He leaves a lasting impression on everyone he meets.

Mitchell's love of drawing has made him the artist behind our current giraffe and deer apparel! 

Head over to now to order a shirt with his drawings for yourself!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

South Florida Autism Charter School

The mission of SFACS is to provide education and services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) residing in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. We target students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder who have communication deficits and/or behavioral challenges, and who may require training in self-help skills. The methodologies of Applied Behavioral Analysis are applied in conjunction with Florida Sunshine State standards for students on a modified curriculum in order to provide the most effective individualized educational programs possible.

It is our goal to expand our programs and services in an all-in-one campus that will meet the needs of the entire demographic of autism spectrum disorder, from newly diagnosed children to adults living with ASD.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Get to know Joseph !!!

Joseph Ramos is a 20 year old artist with autism. He loves dinosaurs and African mammals and loves to draw and sculpt them from clay. He can often be found with a supply of clay with which he fashions sculptures of his favorite animals. Joseph likes to visit animals at nearby zoos and at Sea World in San Antonio. 

Joseph loves to travel with the Adventurers, a group of young adults with special needs in the Austin, Texas area who enjoy educational, recreational, and social activities together. Over the past several years he has participated in trips to Colorado, the Caribbean & Mexico, California and, of course, all over the state of Texas. Back home, he enjoys creating computer animations, playing computer games, swimming, eating out, and spending time with his family.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Meet Melissa :)

Melissa attends the Adventurers Academy of Lifelong Learning, in Austin, Texas, among her many other activities. She especially likes attending live music events with the group. For the past two summers she has joined two extended adventures to the Silver Spur Ranch in Bandera, Texas, (“Cowboy Capital of the World”). She loves riding, working with the horses, and visiting with the cute cowboys. Melissa enjoys spending time writing, attending concerts and theater productions as well as singing and playing her guitar.

Her art mirrors her love of rock and country music with an eye-catching use of color and a vibrant use of line.  Melissa is a patient and conscientious artist, focusing a great deal on the details of her work.  She tends to paint in the decorative style yet also produces interesting landscapes.  She is inspired by nature, music, her home and the Texas Longhorns.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Adventurers Academy

The Adventurers Academy of Lifelong Learning helps youth and adults with special needs in the Austin, Texas area develop lifelong independence and achieve their full potential through social, educational, recreational, and vocational experiences. The Adventurers offers a variety of programs to meet the varying needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Adventurers Academy
The daily Adventurers Academy is a unique alternative to traditional programs for adults who desire an active, engaging environment. It’s a place where they can learn new skills, develop new interests, and become more involved in their community through social outings, educational activities, vocational experiences, and volunteering to help others. The Academy helps them become more independent, make new friends, continue to learn, and broaden their interests.

Adventurers After Hours
On weekends and evenings, the Adventurers After Hours Program organizes community outings and field trips that include those who don’t attend the Academy during the week. Adventurers enjoy ball games, movies, theater shows, live music, bowling, and dining out!

Adventures !
Several times a year, Adventurers hit the road (or air or sea or rails!) for an extended trip, lasting several days, throughout Texas and beyond. They’ve been to California, Washington D.C., the Midwest via Amtrak, Colorado, the Caribbean and Mexico, and, of course, all over the great state of Texas! Where will they go next? Keep an eye out ... Adventurers may show up anywhere!

A Brief History of The Adventurers

The Adventurers began...
over 25 years ago with outdoor education and recreational outings led by Austin adapted physical education teacher Diane Mackey. She was determined to provide challenging social and physical activity for her students at elementary schools in south Austin. She organized and raised funds for construction of an accessible playground, organized the Exceptional Games that hosted over 500 children with special needs in sports competitions, sponsored outdoor education overnight weekends at sites in the Austin area, and began leading out-of-town trips during the summer.
The grandest effort in those early years was a trip to Disneyland in California with a group of about 80 students and parents. Periodic out-of-town, overnight, and weekend trips continued, and an annual extended trip became a tradition.

The Adventurers now...
    ...include former students from Diane's special education classes, students who have moved on to high school, veterans of past adventures, and newcomers who join day outings. You can find Adventurers at bowling every week, on weekend field trips, participating in youth group activities at Woodlawn Baptist Church, and on the road in Texas or around the country.

The Adventurers Academy of Lifelong Learning... Opened in September 2012...
    ...continues the Adventurers efforts and philosophy by providing daily continuing social, educational, recreational, community and vocational experiences. Students spend part of the day in small group activities. A curriculum in basic math, reading, language arts, and social studies, led in a fun, supportive social setting, builds on and reinforces students' prior education. Another part of the day's schedule includes vocational training aimed at developing job and community skills.
    The well-established weekly, weekend, and extended travel activities continue and grow as part of the Adventurers After Hours Program and Adventures!