THE IMPACT OF CAST Nonprofit:
Creative Autism Solutions Team
We are making a difference!
• Presented on a conference panel alongside Temple Grandin
• Received the Temple Grandin Award 2017 by Los Positas College, Livermore, California
• Invited to speak to doctors, nurses and staff at the Mayo Clinic
• Authored and published 5 books (available on amazon)
• Created and sustains a YouTube Vlog, "Mondays with Matteo"
"My mom and I are on a mission to spread knowledge and positive ideals on the topic of autism, and also to shed light on the truth about what’s going on in the minds of non-verbal autistics." – Matteo Musso
SPECIAL NOTES WE HAVE RECEIVED...
On behalf of the entire Pleasanton Men's Club, I want to thank you both so much for a compelling, educational, and sometimes emotional (in a good way) program. Matteo, you are such an inspiration. Annette, you are too truly a memorable day for us, one we will never forget. God Bless you. – Kevin Powers
Dear Matteo, Like you, I am a writer. Thank you for your words, they will keep my writing going. You are light bringer, never give up. Thank you for your bravery. I am going home to get to know what my son, Owen, wants to do. Instead of chopping plastic or picking up sticks, leaves and logs with the rest of his life. (I think he's a sculptor) – Love, W. S.
Matteo's writings speak to the heart of what it means to be a compassionate human and to take our time and truly listen to those we care about. He has broken through the assumptions of others and through this, offers incredible lessons and insight into his experiences. He continues to expand the possibilities of neuro-diverse understanding that relates to each one of us.
– Phil Didlake, MT/BC (music therapist)
Dear Matteo, You are amazing! I have really enjoyed reading your first book. It has provided me with so many insights into my son's life and hopefully lightened up my attitude. It's funny you say we are here to learn from our children because through MNRI and my son Tyler, I have learned so many things about myself. I have more moments where I don't feel like I'm spinning and I do see that reflected in Tyler. Thank you for your beautiful and eloquent words that are way beyond your years. Thank you for the inspiration you provide and thank you for the hope you provide. – Regards, L. Cameron
Matteo and Annette, Wow! What an amazing duo you two are! I cannot thank you enough for coming to share your message of kindness and compassion with our elementary students! I learned so much that I can apply to myself, my own children and to my students. You both have touched my heart! Thanks again, this was a wonderful way to wrap up our school year! – Rebecca
This is one of the most powerful books (Handbook of Us) I have ever read.... period. Matteo's wisdom was an answer to so many of my prayers as a parent of a 9 yr old son with autism. I wish I had this book at the beginning of my autism journey. I think our path would have been filled with more joy and peace. The inspired insight in this book has shifted the energy in our home. We are all shining brighter. Thank you so much Matteo! We love you, and hope to thank you in person one day. – Andrea Ashton
Dear Annette, It was wonderful to meet with you. Absolutely inspiring to say the least. I really would love for Matteo and you to come and share your story with our parents and families at PRAGNYA.
Hi, I want to thank you both for sharing your videos. You have renewed my inspiration and helped me see how capable and smart my 12 year old son is. I ordered your handbook and look forward to reading it to better help my son. I have three questions I was hoping you could answer. Does attending an ABA that doesn’t presume competence essentially waste his time? He attends a school that is nurturing but he isn’t learning much except for living skills. Is homeschooling a better option? Are there any other suggestions that you can share? Next question, I live in NYC area and there not many RPM providers to learn from but there are S2C providers. Do you know if S2C (spell to communicate ) is comparable to RPM? And lastly, my son still watches Dora and Diego and nick jr. . Do I replace them with more age appropriate shows, even if he requests them? Thank you again so much ... you are both incredible and blessings to the world! – Anne Marie
I just finished "Handbook of Us" It is uplifting in a way I cannot describe. Thank you for sharing it with the world! – S.T.
When I read your book(Love Land) slowly to absorb it all, it brings me to tears, appreciating your message to the fullest. My heart feels your words and embraces them. My older daughter has struggled with acceptance all her life so far, and we feel your words deeply. You did a beautiful job putting this book together, and you've done a service to all who read your words. May you influence many people and communities with your wise words and beautiful art! You should promote it at school districts for disability awareness events. I hope it sells a bazillion copies! – Mrs. V.
Matteo is an amazing person who has had a huge impact on my life. His journey with autism is an inspiring story that changed how I look at things. He is an imaginative, talented person and I am happy he is my friend. – Haley Moore, Sixth Grade Student
Matteo not only has an incredible story to tell, he has the most amazing messages to share with the world. To say that he is eager to do so is an understatement. I’ve known Matteo since he was born and we’ve always known there was something special about him. The part that is so amazing to me is seeing his transformation into who he is today. Matteo has affected my life in so many ways I can’t even explain them all! It’s overwhelming for me to try to pinpoint the exact areas in my life that he has affected, because I think it spills into every aspect of life! Matteo not only spreads messages of love and acceptance, but he also has a very strong faith, which has made a huge impact on me. Being a teacher, Matteo has directly affected how I teach on a daily basis. Knowing Matteo has helped me recognize that students have hidden talents and gifts that traditional testing would never pick up on, and I feel that it is my job to help uncover those gifts in the students I work with. Matteo is the most talented and gifted person I know in so many ways, it just makes me wonder what is hidden within other children who have the Autism diagnosis.
I’ll never be able to describe in words how Matteo Musso has changed my life.
Matteo and his parents have given our family such a gift, and he is ready and eager to share that gift with anyone who will listen. Matteo is one of those people who you can’t truly understand how amazing he is until you experience his presence in your life. I can never get enough of his messages, poetry, smiles, and of course, hugs! Matteo completely represents kindness, happiness, acceptance, and love. – Kiah Solberg, Teacher
He has taught me so many important things and to always assume intelligence in everyone. He has also taught me and many people from all over the world about autism and his journey with it. Matteo continues to amaze me. He is one of the most unique and interesting people I have ever met. I am so very lucky to call him my friend. – Cecilia K., Student
Matteo is an autistic child who uses a letter board to communicate with others
for 11 years. He recently wrote a book explaining the experience of having autism. He has taught us how to look at people who are different from us in a better, more respectful way. We are excited to be apart of Team Teo so we can all work together to make the world a kinder place. – Kyle M, Billie E and Austin B (students)
My friend, Teo, is a SUPERHERO. He can do things that the average person cannot do. Do you know the superpower that he has? Probably not - the name is autism. Some people think of autism as a disability, but I like to think of it as an ability or a SUPERPOWER. Teo is the smartest kid I know. He can do college math and includes big words in his sentences, which a lot of times I don’t know. Teo’s motto is don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but the lesson I want you to take away from this is that Teo is an amazing kid! – Natasha S., Students
Matteo is an inspiration to everyone. He has shown us that autism is a superpower not a disability. Matteo has also shown us that we should treat people normally even if they are different than we are. If you treat people with kindness, good things will happen! Teo says that autism is a gift and he wants to spread his word and journey with everyone. We can all help him share his words of acceptance and kindness. Team Teo rocks! – Natalie C., Katrina S., Caryn M., (students)
"Matteo Musso Official" Channel - YouTube Comments
Matteo has presented across the country in conferences, parent groups, schools and corporations offering his unique perspective on being autistic. His message is loud and clear: Assume intelligence. He and his mom, Annette, share their insight on the many things and ways of being that have worked for them. Matteo enjoys sharing and communicating with his many other autistic and special needs friends. He feels and acts on a deep calling to be a voice for the voiceless, to find a new world where ALL people are respected and loved. Matteo says, “look beyond what you see to learn the truth.”