How to keep our adults safe?
Our adults with a disability – mild or severe — what are all of the areas to consider to guarantee parents and community are doing their all?
Safety must always be #1
How can you, as a parent, avoid abuse, neglect and exploitation?
How can you avoid financial exploitation?
How can you avoid emotional abuse?
Join us. Let’s brainstorm and discuss this serious matter.
The event is organized by three of the featured guests of WEDU-PBS broadcast:
Autism Town Hall Meeting – Breakthrough to Hope ( watch it here: wedu.org/autism ):
Yadira V. Calderon
Gulf Coast Autism Assoc Internet: http://gulfcoastautism.org/
Greatest experience ever… another one!
To see my daughter being a kid and learning the big lessons in life
Enjoy her creation, words, illustrations and expression of emotions…
Individuals in the spectrum are very literal
Explaining the concept of a raffle takes many efforts, subtleties and the classic be ready for the unexpected survival skill we parents – diagnosis or not – utilize quite efficiently…
At 9yrs old this became a fun experience, drawing it made it easier to handle…
Bottom line: Emotions shared and unwillingly comprehending she did not win and she has to deal with it…
A big plus… no behavior crisis, no torture for no one…
We continue… Enjoy!
My daughter is 9 years old.
My daughter has autism.
My daughter is proud of who she is.
As a parent I could not be more at peace, relieved, proud and accomplished.
This sentiment, being aware of it, is instilled at home. My day as a parent could have been as challenging as it can be, as complicated as it could get… yet, I’ll always make the choice to guarantee my daughter will hear from me, I am proud of her.
The source of pride is love which supercedes all confrontations with reality I may face. Yes, that unconditional love parenting promotes.
The source of pride is prioritizing what we are and how my actions will influence and/or impress my daughter.
I invite every parent to put aside – for a minute – all worries, source of pressure, frustrations we all face as we raise or care for our child/adult with a diagnosis. Say it with my daughter, say it with me – I am proud of me.
Do not miss the opportunity to communicate this powerful idea, thought with your loved ones.
Let me know how it goes!
Now I understand why Hollywood, Netflix, HBO, ABC, CBS, NBC, Disney, Nickelodeon, Broadway, etc. will not hire actors with a diagnosis, with obvious or mild challenges.
Video: Trolls and Friends The Musical, Dunedin Community Center, FL
In an attempt to entertain, the writing may reflect some of the realities faced by an individual who is considered to have limitations. But a trained actor is the one hired to perform the role of someone they have no knowledge of, they cannot relate to, many times, they don’t even respect who they are. This trained actor pretends to have a diagnosis and pretends to make others laugh or cry. Decent writing and marketing may save the show. This is pathetic, ridiculous and short sighted.
Continue reading Hollywood can’t handle talent with a diagnosis!
We know all about autism awareness.
We want action. Life with autism is 365 days, 24/7…
These are various posts I shared in social media. They reflect the reality of many families. For many it’s been the same or worse for 10+ years. The media rarely reports on these matters.
Continue reading AUTISM REALITIES
I thank everyone who is making these opportunities possible.
Town Hall — my intervention, segments from Autism and Employability parent panel — min. 23:28 – 29:04 and min. 48:38 – 49:14
Webcast – min. 4:04 – 4:39
A diagnosis of autism carries the stigma that individuals in the spectrum are not capable of showing empathy or understanding emotions.
But even in the depth of a massive regression at 2.5yrs old, I could find those moments where my child demonstrated an understanding of emotions — very basic for her age yet it happened.
Now at 8.5 yrs, Thomais is in full grasp of emotions, what they mean, how to handle them. The curiosity to understand others and their existence is intense.
Continue reading All about empathy and respect…
This study guide shall enhance the dialogue at home and in the classroom.
Future generations will be positively influenced by the thoughts and ideas presented.
We will share drawings and poems! Email them to: email@example.com