Brain & Life magazine article about how is used to help children with special needs.

WELLNESS AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2019 SARAH WATTS For Kids with Special Needs, Creating Comics Helps Communication Sharon Eilts, a special education teacher in Sunnyvale, CA, has given her low-functioning students, some of whom have autism or intellectual disabilities, a creative outlet that helps them communicate and deal with social problems: They make comic books. Comic strip created at […]


Advice on Using Comics to Promote Literacy & Creativity

Alexandra Wang, who writes the madamactivist blog supporting the needs of people with disabilities, has just published an article about the work of MakeBeliefsComix and its efforts to help people. CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE. Bill Zimmerman enjoyed a career as a prize-winning newspaper writer and editor at Newsday.  Drawing on his experiences as a newspaperman, […]


How to Help Your Child with Autism Communicate Using Comics

If you work with a child on the autism spectrum, please take a look at this new article, ‘’How to Help Your Child with Autism Communicate Using Comics,’’ written by Bill Zimmerman, creator of MakeBeliefsComix.  The article appears in the August issue of Autism Parenting Magazine at:


The New York Times Learning Network has cited MakeBeliefsComix as a fun classroom resource

Respond to News by Making Your Own Comics! If “Welcome to the New World” or the all-comics edition of The Magazine have inspired your students, maybe they’re ready to start creating their own comics and characters that respond to the news in some way — whether by debating hot-button issues, expressing their own opinions about something they’ve […]


Uncover Benefits of Comic Strip Generators for Students with Autism

Source: SpecialEdConnection®, July 11, 2017 Issue date

Key Points:
* Encourage students to use comic strip generators to express feelings
* Promote conversation about comics among students
* Allow students to review their strips when needed in the moment

When a student with autism struggles with responding to a bully or raising his hand in class, encouraging him to create a comic strip representing the situation may help him clarify why he is upset and figure out how to overcome the challenge.

Jasherah Nalls, a student at The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, and the teacher Lauren Fardig-Diops using the comic strips from Make Beliefs Comix.


NEW YORK—Every day, the teenagers Jeremiah Aponte, Jasherah Nalls, and Paula Rodriguez squeeze into a small four-story building housing three schools and close to 1,700 students in the South Bronx neighborhood.

Mostly serving generations of families living in one of numerous high-rise public-housing projects or homeless shelters dotting the area, The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, a New York City public high school, sits in the country’s poorest congressional district. Recently, The New York Times cited the city’s 40th precinct as having the highest murder rate in the city, but where there are the fewest detectives per violent crime. To get to their school, these three teens must also walk through a neighborhood that includes two methadone clinics.