The Autistic Author and Animator, A Mother’s View Of A Daughter’s Triumph
Janet Walmsley’s daughter Jenny, diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), faced many challenges on the way to reaching her dream of becoming a professional animator and published author. This heartfelt story relays the importance of perseverance, courage, being positive, and strength within a mother-daughter bond as their journey’s intertwine—revealing a mother who was her daughter’s rock right from the beginning and did everything in her power to help her see the light at the end of the dark tunnel. The Autistic Author and Animator is a striking narrative that illustrates one’s full potential—a testament that autism is no barrier to success and fulfillment.
“Janet’s love for Jenny always shone through no matter what challenges brewed; in her writing you gain a sense of her optimism and humor. This parent’s story gives us all the gift of hope and feeling joy seeing our children pursue their life passions.” –Lisa Coley-Donohue, Registered Speech-Language Pathologist
Janet Walmsley is an award-winning author and professional actress in theatre, film, and TV. Janet is the mother of son Christopher, and her autistic daughter and fellow author, Jenny! She is an official spokesperson for ANCA/Naturally Autistic, where she contributes many hours in the ANCA World Autism Festival held every year. Janet is constantly out on book signings, speaking engagements, and media interviews to spread and shine a positive idea of autism and shed the stigma box that still surrounds it!! For more information, please visit her website or write.
This article was featured in Issue 67 – Preparing for Adulthood With Autism