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Bright future is on the cards
Picture: Mel Hill
Autism sufferer John Beckhouse creates greeting
cards with his original drawings and sells them
through his business, Magpie Blah! Blah!
John Beckhouse has also
created a new range of
JOHN Beckhouse's way of communicating
and being heard is different to most.
Suffering from autism and a hearing
impairment, the 42-year-old views the world
differently, and draws amus-
ing black-and-white pictures
as a way of self-expression.
"It's a form of saying
remotely, 'yes, I am here',"
his mother Pam Beckhouse
With the help and support
of his parents, Mr Beckhou-
se has been able to turn his
passion for drawing into a
growing social enterprise,
providing him with an income and an
opportunity to work.
He creates his own greeting cards with his
original drawings and sells them through his
business, Magpie Blah! Blah!
Pam Beckhouse said the family had always
loved his drawings, and the idea of starting
his own business came about after two
successful exhibitions of his work two years
She said it had been slow and often
difficult to get the business off the ground, but
the family was working hard to make it a
"It has its ups and downs. But it's proving
to him that it's worthwhile."
His inspiration for his drawings usually
came from things he had read or seen.
his own pleasure," Pam Beck-
"There's always an element
of pleasure, that that person
has produced something so
Mr Beckhouse has created
11 new card designs for
Christmas, and his mother
hopes they will sell well.
"Last year we were very
fortunate because we sold lots of Christmas
cards to lots of public service departments,"
As well as Christmas cards, Mr Beckhouse
also creates birthday and other greeting cards.
A special event featuring Canberra's social
enterprises is being held by the ACT Social
Enterprise Hub today, and Mr Beckhouse's
work will also be on display.
About 18 different enterprises will feature
from 11.30am to 12.30pm at the Canberra
Museum and Gallery on London Circuit.
There will also be talks by
leading experts on social enterpr-
ises and the benefit they bring to
For further information about
Magpie Blah! Blah! and to
purchase greeting cards, visit
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