AUTISM Demystified: The Janet & Jenny Story
The Dr. Theresa Nicassio Show
Hear Bestselling authors Janet Walmsley and Jenny Story talk about how Autism is not a barrier to success and fulfillment.
About Jenny Story
Jenny Story was born in the Northwest Territories but has lived most of her life in British Columbia Canada. After graduating Grade 12 with Honors and Scholarships she moved to Vancouver to attend Vancouver Film School for Animation and became a 2D Classical and 3D Digital Character Design Animator. Jenny recently just finished working on a film for Super Channel with her animation and is about to start on another film. Jenny also published her novel of a Trilogy (Dysnomia) in May 2015 and was immediately an Amazon and Canadian Best Seller. She is currently working on the second novel in the Trilogy. Jenny won the 2016 Literary Award at the ANCA World of Autism Festival in October 2016 and is now the Canadian Ambassador for ANCA.
Defying Beliefs About Autism
Despite being diagnosed with very low functioning Autism at 3 years old, Jenny has blossomed. Believing in herself and the importance of pursuing her dreams, she is passionate about inspiring others to do the same. Now a high-functioning adult in her mid-20’s, Jenny is living proof and a role model to show others that “Autism is not a death sentence but a rich fulfilled life sentence.”
Dysnomia tells a tale of a young girl Layla who sets on an adventure to prove that girls can conquer danger and mystery just as well as boys can. After being sent down into a mystifying underworld by the devious Nilerm, Layla and her friends must overcome many challenges in order to return home safely.
About Janet Walmsley (Jenny’s Mom)
After working as a Dental Assistant & Hygienist for 27 years, Janet Rollings Walmsley became focused on her career as a Canadian actress and author and settled in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Along with being a mother to Jenny and her son Chris, Janet has an active professional career in acting, with her theatre career spanning decades. Janet has worked in the Film, TV and Commercial industries, and been a Voice Over artist for the past 6 years.
Recently, Janet was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for a Comedy at the 6th Annual Indie Awards in Los Angeles and was submitted for a Leo Award nomination here in BC. In June 2016, Janet won the Unlimited Woman of Creativity Award at the Unlimited Woman Awards in Victoria, BC.
Autism Awareness Advocate & Spokesperson
Janet is an Official Spokesperson for ANCA/Naturally Autistic, where she is involved every year with the World of Autism Festival, contributing as a program and red carpet host, voice-over artist, book signing coordinator, and keynote speaker.
Since Jenny was first diagnosed with Autism in the late 1990’s, it has been Janet’s mission to not only support Jenny 110%, but also help raise awareness about the positive possibilities Autism can offer, and not collude with the stigma that is usually associated with it. Janet works tirelessly to be a constant rock and sounding board for her daughter, as well as offering Jenny her voice when she needs it. She is also committed to providing all the support and opportunities she can for her daughter, including venturing beyond Canada to research Autism to further her knowledge about how she could best care for her daughter.
Touching Hearts Together With Her Daughter
Despite being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in July of 2014, Janet published her own book, The Autistic Author and Animator, A Mother’s View of a Daughter’s Triumph, since it was a dream for them to publish their books at the same time. Demonstrating the power of love and belief in themselves, both of their books have become best sellers and Jenny’s story is touching the hearts of many people, both in the Autistic community and beyond.
The Autistic Author and Animator
The Autistic Author and Animator is a heartfelt story that relays the importance of perseverance, courage, and strength between a mother-daughter bond as their journeys’ intertwine. Revealing a mother who was her daughter’s rock right from the beginning and did everything in her power to help her daughter see the light at the end of a dark tunnel, The Autistic Author and Animator is a striking narrative that demonstrates that Autism does not need to be a barrier to success and fulfillment, but can be a source of discovery and unexpected possibilities for connection.
“The label for Jenny should have been the best is yet to come as a story is not written until the author writes it, and Jenny is a great writer.”
Jenny’s high school Case Manager
“”Autism is not a Death Sentence but a rich fulfilled Life Sentence, so to speak, Autism Rocks and Autism Connects!”
— Janet Rollings Walmsley
Author of The Autistic Author and Animator
SPECIAL GIFT FROM JENNY & JANET FOR LISTENERS
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Takeaway Message from Janet
“There is a generalized stigma box that still surrounds Autism and I wrote my book not only to reach out to the Autistic community but the general public as well. We need to enlighten and engage people by sharing stories like Jenny’s journey with Autism as she and many others are living proof that one with Autism can live a rich fulfilled life and follow their dreams and attain their goals.”
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About Dr. Theresa
A Registered Psychologist in Vancouver, Canada, Dr. Theresa Nicassio is an integrative health and wellness educator who is fiercely committed to advocating for empowerment, inclusivity, and kindness in all its forms.
Passionate about making the world a better place, Theresa contributes to social, emotional, and environmental transformation using her professional knowledge and personal experiences for the betterment of society and the planet.
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