We are thrilled to be connecting with Crystal Jordan again. Crystal is an Autism Advocate, Boutique Owner, Podcaster and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Crystal below.
Hi Crystal, thank you so much for sitting down with us again. For folks who might have missed our initial interview, can you start by briefly introducing yourself?
I am a mom on a mission, I created a coloring book, a children’s book, and an entire brand to educate people in my community and the world about Autism Awareness Disorder. My son was diagnosed at 2 years old with autism. My name is Crystal Jordan, I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga, where I attended Bauder College studying apparel design. I am so open about Zachariah and my story because in the black community we do not talk about a lot of issues, particularly special needs. I am sharing a piece of our life to help others who are afraid or ashamed to talk about theirs. I am an advocate for awareness about Autism and I plan to keep being a voice. I am the owner of Amor Allure; an e-commerce women’s boutique. I created a brand center around my son’s disorder called, “Zachariah’s World,” where children with ASD are not forgotten but embraced.
I pretty sure you guessed it I am an Autism Advocate and my mission to spread more awareness to the black-brown community. I want to share my story because it can help a mom or dad or even a family member. I created a coloring book and a children’s book to spread more awareness. They are both now available on zachariahworld.com
Is there anything else you can share with us about your story?
My autism awareness coloring book and children’s book are now available on www.zachariahworld.com to buy it share with your friends and family.
What made you passionate about spreading awareness for Autism?
My son is the reason I am so passionate. When I was introduced to this I knew nothing about Autism, and I had no ideas on where to start! Me being so open can help another mom or parent.
Why did you start with a coloring book vs a children’s book?
I started with a coloring book because I felt it was a fun way to introduce Autism to kids and their families. The children’s book will come in the future after the launch of the coloring book.
You’ve spoken before about the black community and knowledge about Autism – can you share some of your thoughts here with us for the benefit of our readers?
According to the CDC, minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often. When I was introduced to it, I knew nothing, so what will benefit your readers is my website because it has a resource directory that’s still growing to help families find resources in their state.
What are some of your goals toward change in the Autism community?
To normalize the conservation around it!
It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?