ABOUT

Austin Wear
Austin's WearABLEs

Austin Wear lives in King George, Virginia.  He is a 24-year-old artist who designs and creates original jewelry.  

Notably, he is diagnosed with Class 3 (greatly affected) autism, mild/moderate intellectual disability, anxiety disorder, and clinically diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Austin demonstrated a creative mind very early. He enjoys drawing and has a very distinct style.  Solving math problems is a hobby.  He loves music and memorizes lyrics quickly to sing along.  Classic video games are a leisure activity, he especially likes the older Nintendo Gameboy and the even more dated Nintendo 64!  He has a love for intense rollercoasters and he accepts the challenge of all.  He attends day support that allows him interaction with peers and daily outings with a very patient and devoted staff.  

He has a few splinter skills including long-term memory for dates, especially birthdays and events. He has a perpetual mental calendar: given a random date, he can immediately determine its day of the week.  Beading is not a splinter skill, but one he learned quickly.

Austin requires extensive support.   Austin is verbal but very often uses rote language,  which works in some situations but very often does not provide accurate communication which can be quite problematic.  He has a heavy reliance on routines. He has been clinically diagnosed with OCD.  When anxious his obsessional thoughts and compulsive behaviors are his focus. Many of Austin's OCD rituals involve frequent counting, sequencing, and using his own codes. Typically, it is how he deals with anxiety, but it can consume him affecting his quality of life.  He has identified and unidentified frustration triggers that can lead to self-injurious and other undesired behavior.  As he has become older he works very hard to control himself (I credit much of this to the activity of making beaded jewelry). This is much to the credit to the many talented and skilled providers who cared for Austin and others like him and he has been fortunate to work since he was 4 years old.    Fortunately, he continues to have providers in his life who are helping him gain attention appropriately and communicate accurately.  Austin wants to successfully interact with others.  The support and accolades he receives from his completed jewelry projects help tremendously.  He has a long way to go.  There are daily challenges as other parents and caregivers understand.  Activities he enjoys and continuing work with professionals and using the tools and strategies they and others throughout the years have provided help.  Very important in this process is making beaded jewelry.

 

​Austin was introduced to making beaded bracelets in January 2016. He immediately loved the new activity and was encouraged by his Positive Behavior Support consultant and aunt.  It is a purposeful outlet for OCD thoughts and behaviors with counting and developing patterns. He is further motivated by the praise he received and delighted in giving jewelry as gifts.

 Austin is calm and focused when beading.  With a decrease in anxiety and frustration, his undesired behaviors and self-injury have drastically decreased.  When beading his reliance on routine is much less because he is in control.  He decides when to take breaks and when to stop. The work area is designed with consideration for "Austin-specific" strategies that continue to be developed by very talented behavior specialists.  

Austin's jewelry has opened opportunities for positive social interactions.  He enjoys participating in social media. He has an active Facebook page and his latest designs are often posted on Instagram.  He delights in the praise and "likes" he receives from social platforms. He gives "likes" to projects and makes short comments, which often receive a reply.​

In 2019 Austin's mother, Leigh Wear founded Austin's WearABLE Art.  Having a small business allowed the management of requests for Austin's jewelry.  Leigh has a larger vision for the business that will allow others with disabilities who are will not be gainfully employed a chance to experience success and purpose with an activity they enjoy.  It is recognized this is not an overnight process, especially given the many wild cards we have been dealt since our founding.

Austin's jewelry sales help fund his beading therapy/hobby/joy and build his self-esteem. Plus, his customers receive beautiful WearABLE Art.  The legal business name remains Austin's WearABLE Art.  Focus groups have suggested it be shortened to Austin's WearABLEs.  We own that domain and a web search will take you to the same website.  It is an extensive process to change the name.  Circumstances have not allowed that pursuit, but it will eventually change.

A minimum of 10% of Austin's jewelry sales are donated to non-profit organizations.  We believe it is essential to recognize and support groups that strive to aid people with disabilities.  Austin has benefited personally from the services of many organizations.

Fidgets-n-Fun : In 2021 we began selling classic and trending fidgets.  Our best-seller is our initial product "My Go Bag" inspired by the one Austin has used for years. We have added many products since then with an extended line soon to be offered.   "Austin's Fidgets-n-Fun" helps purchase jewelry-making supplies and support business operations.  The collections have become very popular as birthday gifts.

​ We have a 100% happiness guarantee.  If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, we will make it right.  Always expect great customer service, respect, and gratitude. The goal is superb products and services along with helping others. This will make Austin's WearABLEs  most successful.