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My son, Danny is 19 years old and loves to work with his hands! His interest started at the age of 2 and continues to this day. Danny lives each day with the added challenges of having severe autism and profound mental retardation. Danny does not communicate with words. Danny is also medically fragile (since birth). Each day is different depending upon his level of pain and where his pain is located (head, back, stomach or all together). Since finding out Danny's true love for creating handmade jewelry, our lives have changed for the better! It takes some people an entire lifetime to figure what they want to do to be content. Some may never figure this out in their lifetime. Just knowing that my son is happy and content doing what he wants to do is a mothers dream. It is my job to help him turn this dream into his reality…

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  • Born on January 8
  • Joined June 15, 2009

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Crystals including Swarovski, Czech and Chinese, Gemstones, Precious and Semiprecious, Faceted, High quality stones because the natural stones are the most beautiful with each imperfection together therefore having the stone at its most perfect state

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About

Our story.....

My son, Danny is 19 years old and loves to work with his hands! His interest started at the age of 2 and continues to this day. Danny lives each day with the added challenges of having severe autism and profound mental retardation. Danny does not communicate with words. Danny is also medically fragile (since birth). Each day is different depending upon his level of pain and where his pain is located (head, back, stomach or all together). Since finding out Danny's true love for creating handmade jewelry, our lives have changed for the better! It takes some people an entire lifetime to figure what they want to do to be content. Some may never figure this out in their lifetime. Just knowing that my son is happy and content doing what he wants to do is a mothers dream. It is my job to help him turn this dream into his reality.

There are many things that can quantify objects; e.g. scale-weight, ruler-height/width/length. However, there is nothing to measure the size of one's heart. Danny has been given the gift that can measure the true size of the heart. It is through one's interaction/reaction with or to him that shows the size of their own heart. It has been my purpose in life to be my sons voice, his eyes and ears, and always to try keeping his dignity intact. Danny faces intense challenges from the minute he wakes to the moment when he falls asleep. From physical pain to mental anguish... he never gives up. It is heartwrenching to see him suffer most times, but he seems to always make it through. Using his hands, he is soothed each day by creating "pieces" of beautiful jewelry to adorn oneself.

He has taught me true unconditional love. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, my reaction was one where I worked harder to teach him the skills to be as independent as he possibly can or could be and to use pictures as guides for routines in lieu of someone doing it for him or trying to tell him to do it. Danny uses pictures to communicate and also to understand our world.

It is my goal for him to be financially self sufficient so that he can afford to live in this world without me, when it is time for me to go {whether it be from cancer or some other reason}. It would my worst nightmare for him to be placed in a residential facility in my absence by the "systems".

Danny has been my hero, my best teacher in my own life and my reason for living. Through his differences, he sees things that others take for granted and I am taught once again, something as beautiful as a dandelion:
http://dannylions.blogspot.com/2011/12/beauty-of-dannylions.html

Perhaps this is why I think he makes beautiful hand crafted pieces of jewelry. I am jaded (being his mother). When I see what he CAN do .vs. what he cannot, being at his happiest while working with his hands is nothing short of miraculous.

As Danny is introduced to new medias and techniques, his interest continues to grow as his knowledge base expands! From polymer clay, resin, wire, rocks, stones, gems, upcycling to "beans", he becomes happier and happier as he creates 7 days a week!

We have met the many people in this community, and now because of the internet, people around the entire world. We have met our share of people who have not been accepting of differences. In the same breath, we have been lucky to have met those "rare gems" and "one of a kind diamond s" that have helped us and/or continue to help us on our journey. It is my hope that in my son's lifetime, that he will continue to meet many beautiful people (from the inside out). Perhaps if the world were a gentler place....

To the medical community he is a 19yo male dx severe autism and profound mental retardation that should have been placed in a residential institution long ago.
To the school district he has an IEP (individual education plan) and should be educated in a segregated classroom until he is 21 or "dismissed" at this age. If I choose to fight to keep him in the school district, they will wash their hands of him at the age of 21. To me... he is my son. A baby I held in my arms 19 short years ago and whispered all of my dreams I had for him in the maternity ward at Abington Hospital. Many years later, acceptance, relearning parenting in a different way, I whisper his hopes and dreams to him every night when he is falling asleep through what he did that day. Although the dreams have changed, they are very much real. A lot of hard work on Danny's part with God by his side, he is nothing short of being (and always will be) my one and only hero. He is the bravest of all.

These words telling our story may seem "strange" to someone who perhaps have never met nor taken care of someone who needs 24/7 help [lacking communicative skills while being in constant pain]. I have been chosen to help uphold his dignity (as with all people). This is our story. Thanks for reading.

Only a portion of items created by Danny appear on etsy.
All of his items are shown on his "business" facebook page.
The blog is a recording of his story in a more detailed fashion.

Please see our new facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dannylions-Pieces-for-Autism/120661128013086

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click on "photos" on the left side
if you are interested in an item just add a comment below the picture
we will get back to you and give you any details or specifics !!!!

Our blog:
http://www.dannylions.blogspot.com/

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