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LAWTON, Okla._ April is Autism Awareness Month and one mother here has started a new business venture to help provide further resources for her autistic daughter.

Michelle Floyd tapped into her creative juices to start a homemade T-shirt company. It's all in an effort to raise awareness of her daughter's diagnosis; a battle she knows so many other families struggle with everyday.

"I want to celebrate the fact that she's autistic," says Floyd, who has a three-year-old who was diagnosed one year ago with autism.

Now, with the power of Puffy Paint and a knack for art, Floyd turns a blank canvas into a masterpiece in order to help pay for the behavioral treatments her daughter needs.

"Learning how to make a sentence, learning how to have a conversation, wanting to make a conversation...," are skills Floyd hopes Maddy will learn with future therapy.

Floyd started MyMaddy Custom Shirts and Paintings a month ago, first on Facebook and then Etsy, and so far she has been successful.

"I never imagined when I first started this that it would be as successful as it is in a month," says Floyd. "They've been sent to New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire."

Floyd sees promise in her little girl despite her inability, and is hoping the demand for the shirts continues so Maddy's progress multiplies.

"I just want to do everything I can to make sure she can reach the potential that I know that she has."

All the profits from the shirts will go toward getting Maddy into future therapy sessions. If you would like more information, you can "Like" the MyMaddy Facebook page here.

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