Today is the Autumnal Equinox and just as seasons change so do people.
Three years ago, Joshua has acquired a voice. The Tobii Dynavox company put out a computer that is accessed by eye-gaze technology. Joshua can now speak. And read. And…write.
Using the computer, Joshua told me…over and over…that he wanted to be a writer. So, in addition to the artist, we now have Joshua Englehaupt, the writer.
He is working on a series of picture books. They are based on what he knows. Which is himself, and his life in a wheelchair. The character is a little boy named Joshua. Each book, geared to the 4-7 year-old child, will deal with a specific issue that Joshua himself has dealt with.
Every week, we’re going to share the journey. The struggles, the frustrations, the joys, and the accomplishments as Joshua learns a new skill. This is a journey I’m very excited to witness, and help with.
So far, he has six stories lined up. Illustrations are going to be a challenge. Joshua is an artist but he cannot work at the speed required. So our solution is for Joshua to be the one who decides on composition and colors. I will be his paintbrush. What he wants, I will execute. Between us, I think we’ll come up with something special.
A new journey is starting. Page 1 Book 1 says it best:
HELLO, MY NAME IS JOSHUA.