order to support the Option Institute and Fellowship, Cerious
Software is re-releasing Mandelbrot as "Careware."
Please download it and give it a try. If you like it and continue
to use it, please donate $20.00 or more to the Option
Institute and Fellowship Son-Rise Program.
Option Institute and Fellowship
2080 S. Undermountain Rd.
Sheffield, MA 01257-9643
Phone: (413) 229-2100
Fax: (413) 229-8931
Windows was Cerious Software's
very first product. Phillip originally wrote it in 1992 in
order to learn Windows programming. It produces gorgeous fractal
images based on Benoit Mandelbrot's equations. You can select
the colors to use, zoom anywhere within the set, generate
perspective views, save and load images, export to BMP files
Here is a great page of Mandelbrot
images by Len Warne.
Mandelbrot for Windows 3.0b
Shook, President of Cerious Software,
has an autistic daughter named Ashley. Here's how the Son-Rise
Program has helped Ashley:
was diagnosed with Autism and moderate mental retardation
when she was 15 months old. As most parents would, we researched
every avenue of help. What we saw appalled us. Our sense of
love for our daughter would never have allowed us to "modify
her behavior" as most programs out there for autism will
have you do. I could not picture bribing her with M &
Ms, tying her hands down so that she would not 'ism',
or shouting at her to behave appropriately. Then I discovered
the book Son Rise, The Miracle Continues, by Barry
Kaufman. My hopes and prayers had been answered. Here was
a program of acceptance and unconditional love that appealed
to us! We traveled to Option Institute and learned the program.
Upon returning home, we continued to treat Ashley with the
love and support we were taught at Option and she became happier.
Then, Gary sold his plumbing company in order to stay home
and run a full-time program for Ashley. We started searching
for volunteers to help us in the playroom. In April of 96,
we had our playroom built, our volunteers rounded up and were
ready to begin.
April '96, when she was 5 1/2, Ashley did not talk with any
consistency. She refused to try to use the potty, never pretended
and never showed any reaction to pain. Already (August '96),
she is speaking full sentences daily. She is talking so much
that we are working on pronunciation. In fact, her cognitive
skills are way above age level now contradicting the original
diagnosis of retardation! Ashley is pretending, using the
potty, and seeking comfort when she hurts herself. For the
first time, she is playing with her brother and sister. She
is writing many words and sentences. Ashley has drawn hundreds
of pictures of people. Some are playing together, some are
looking into each others eyes, some are riding on the backs
of others, but they are all interacting! We are watching this
beautiful, perfect little girl leave the world of autism with
such grace and joy that we are astounded. The lives that we
led before are fading into the background as we grow and evolve
with her. There is now no doubt in our minds that anything
is possible in this world, even the impossible! Yet, while
we still believe that eventually there will be no signs of
autism, future diagnosis no longer matter to us in any way.
We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that even if she is never
seen by outside eyes as "normal", she will contribute
something amazing to this world we live in.
||Here are examples of some of Ashley's
recent writing and drawing.