“I’m Jack. Meet my new buddy Huck!”

At The Cleaner Eraser we strive to bring a customer the best cleaning product that best suits their needs. Due to our partnership with autism speaks, customers not only know that they are getting a great product, but also donating to a great cause with every purchase.

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The Cleaner Eraser & Autism

The Cleaner Eraser is very proud to have its products characters created and designed by Joshua Manning, who was diagnosed with autism.

My name is Joshua Manning. I have just finished my four years at Canyon High School, and I am about to go to Laguna College of Art and Design in the fall. When I was in 6th grade, aged around 11 or 12, I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which is a high functioning type of autism. Because of this, I have a difficulty in socializing and communicating my thoughts, and makes me have an intense interest in certain topics.

Since I couldn’t really express myself verbally, I started drawing at a young age to convey what I was feeling. This started me down the path of art, and I started drawing my various obsessions, from dinosaurs to monsters to superheroes. I created stories around the characters I drew, creating worlds I could explore in my head, and drawing them back down onto paper and iPads. Art became my greatest obsession, acting as a way to cope with my social struggles and to create my own little universes filled with witches that can turn into dragons, strange creatures from other dimensions, and crystal eating aliens from beyond the stars.

Since I always loved creating characters, I was happy when I started getting paid to do so. Working with Anthony and Ron to create the characters based on cleaning products has been great, one because it pays pretty good, and second because it has given me the opportunity to practice character design and get paid for what I love. I have been able to turn a couple of sponges and a cleaning buffer into living characters with personality and their own voice. It’s definitely helped me hone my abilities and share my art to the world.

When life gets out of control, or my anxiety flares up, or when I have crises of identity, drawing and creating are there to help pull me out of my funk. It has become the one sure thing in my life, so much so I want to make a career out of it and show my creations to the world. Art is who I am, and I continue to grow and improve in art as I grow and improve in life.

~ Joshua Manning

Artwork by Joshua Manning

In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan, improving learning, communication, social skills, and underlying brain development.

Autism affects every area of life, both for the one diagnosed and for their family. On average, autism costs an estimated $60,000 a year through childhood, with the bulk of the costs in special services and lost wages related to increased demands on one or both parents. On average, medical expenditures for children and adolescents with ASD are 4 to 6 times greater than for those without autism.

The Cleaner Eraser proudly donates a percentage of its profits to Autism Speaks, the largest autism advocacy organization in the United States. Autism Speaks sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. Please visit their website for more facts about autism and consider donating to help support their outreach.


–facts and information were obtained from autismspeaks.org

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