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Posted on February 7, 2019

A wall-sized installation painting by José Nuñez is featured as the cover artwork for a new publication, Radical Inclusion: What I Learned About Risk, Humanity, and Kindness from My Son with Autism by Andrea Moriarty.

For his 2018 solo exhibition, Quintessentially José Nuñez, the artist painted black and white climbing foliage on the walls of the Creativity Explored gallery. Author Moriarty was so taken with the image that she licensed it for the cover of her newest publication addressing ways we all thrive through inclusion.

Moriarty explained why she considered Nuñez's installation to be the perfect cover artwork:

"What I saw was a scaffold that held everyone together and made room for diversity. Inside the foliage were other works on paper by José in multiple colors. They reminded me how our quality of life shifts from black and white to full color when we are safely contained. The figures José arranged near the baseboard represented a community of diverse individuals."

Moriarty also included images of Nunez's drawings of individuals throughout the publication to represent community. Radical Inclusion is available for purchase on Amazon.

About the Book:
Do you know an adult with autism, Down syndrome or another special need? One in eight people on our planet live with some form of disability. And they all deserve to live productive, engaged lives. Are we willing to help them accomplish this goal? The mother of an adult with autism, Andrea Moriarty leveraged her son’s passion, talent, and personality to help him create an out-of-the-box vocation: a podcast. After more than eighty interviews, Moriarty recognized three vital attitudes that people with disabilities teach us—risk-taking, humility, and kindness. And when we integrate these people into society, we all thrive.

Radical Inclusion is an entertaining glimpse behind the scenes of interviews with Temple Grandin, Aloe Blacc, Sesame Street’s Murray Monster, and others. Moriarty also shares how she grappled to embrace risk, humility, and kindness. Information on interacting with people on the spectrum and descriptions of model programs for adults provide practical help. (Creativity Explored is one of twelve programs featured.) And popular movies illustrate the concepts in unique ways. Above all, Radical Inclusion is a call to step out of our comfort zones, care about others, extend grace, and enhance our own lives and communities.

About the Author:
Andrea Moriarty is the author of One-Track Mind:15 Ways to Amplify Your Child's Special Interest and co-founder of Banding Together, a music therapy nonprofit. Moriarty speaks nationally and leads workshops where she shares unending hope, affectionate humor, and innovative resources with parents and educators.

Moriarty and her husband, Jim, are adoptive parents of grown twins. Allie is a board-certified music therapist and Reid is a singer-songwriter, speaker, and host of Talk Time with Reid Moriarty. Moriarty lives in Solana Beach, California, where she accumulates books, cooks from scratch, and whistles while she works.

Author Andrea Moriarty and José Nuñez in the Creativity Explored studio
Image of the original installation artwork for Quintessentially José Nuñez
José Nuñez receiving a copy of Radical Inclusion

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