THE SAMUELS FAMILY
Since 2018, authors Jamiyl and Tracy-Ann Samuels have spread awareness for supporting children with autism through their children's books. As the parents of a child on the autism spectrum, they have advocated on behalf of this community with respect to access to education and services, anti-bullying, interfamily communications and social dynamics.
The Amazingly Sensational Kids (T.A.S.K.) book series, The Amazingly Awesome Amani and Sensationally Super Sandy, are inspired by their son Trey's courageous journey as an autistic child navigating the (sometimes harsh) realities of life through his vivid imagination. T.A.S.K. seeks to educate and entertain through the creation of informed written content, film, music, public speaking, and other media platforms. Our T.A.S.K. is to use Transparency, Advocacy, Sensitivity, and Knowledge in all of our endeavors to bring forth Truth, Accountability, Service, and Kindness.
Jamiyl Samuels has been a creative writer for over 25 years.
From writing screenplays, poetry and song lyrics to contributing to entertainment magazines, blogs, and websites, Jamiyl always strives to make an impact with his work. He began his college career as a Theater major at Morgan State University in 1996,
but ultimately graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English and a
Master's degree in Media Arts, with a concentration in screenwriting from
Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York.
He is the co-founder of The Amazingly Sensational Kids, a children's media company that fosters growth, creativity, and education through content, as well as the founder of W.R.E.a.C. Havoc Enterprises. Jamiyl was born and raised in Brooklyn, and currently resides in Queens with his wife Tracy-Ann and two kids, Trey and Aja.
Tracy-Ann Samuels began her college career in 1996, studying Psychology at Brooklyn College before transferring to Rutgers University Camden campus in 1998, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from New York University. Her social work experience provides vital research and information as it pertains to material dealing with special needs children, families, and more. She is the co-founder and chief operating officer of The Amazingly Sensational Kids and W.R.E.a.C. Havoc Enterprises.
Tracy-Ann's ultimate goal is to raise awareness about Autism and other developmental disabilities, to assist at-risk children and their families, and ultimately make an impact in impoverished communities around the world through her nonprofit "A Humble Work, Inc.". She is also an Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks. Tracy-Ann currently resides in Queens with her husband Jamiyl and two kids, Trey and Aja.
TREY AMANI SAMUELS
Trey Amani Samuels is the inspiration for “The Amazingly Awesome Amani” series of books that follows the adventures of a boy who takes on life’s challenges by day, but is a perfectly “normal” avenger in his dreams.
He was diagnosed with Mixed Receptive Language Disorder at the age of 5 and Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 7 and has since, with the help of Speech and Occupational Therapy, been able to communicate and thrive through his love for music.
AJA EMILY SAMUELS
Aja Emily Sandy Samuels is the younger sister of Trey Amani and the inspiration for “The Sensationally Super Sandy” book.
Aja, an integral part of her brother’s journey to communicate, almost demanded he speak and wondered why he wouldn’t talk back to her. She loves to read and partake in hip-hop dance, ballet and play the violin in her spare time.