Kimberly Dixon is a writer and a poet. "About 2.5 years ago, my awesome art teacher, Joey Roberts from Round Rock Art Cooperative began teaching me how to paint," Kim said. "Joey gives me arm support, and I use pretty colors of acrylic paint to cover my canvas. Then, I use tissue paper and other textures to add layers to the work. Finally, I add my poem and coat it for protection." When she was an infant, she was brain injured by the DPT shot and developed epileptic seizures and autistic problems at an early age. After years of developmental therapy and reading programs, Kim's parents discovered a method called facilitated communication while watching ABC's Prime Time Live. They immediately sat down with a Qwerty keyboard and began practicing. "Through typing, Kim began telling me all kinds of things about her needs, hopes and desires," Marilyn Dixon, Kim's mother, said. "By the time she was 10 years old, Kimberly was typing her own original poetry." Today, Kim communicates on augmentative devices like the Link, her iPad, through e-mail, Facebook, her website and art blog. "Having autism is difficult, but it gives me lots of blessings too. I love my family and friends who give me support," Kim said. "Lucky I am that my diagnosis is autism. Otherwise, we might not have learned about facilitated communication from Doug Biklen at Syracuse University, and I might not have a way to share my poems."