LinkedIn celebrated its 15th anniversary… Congrats…
They requested people write what they dreamed, thought about when they were 15.
I shared these thoughts!
Last April I wrote this… AUTISM REALITIES
It saddens me to confirm, progress is not always a reality in many households.
Parents are being told to light it up blue, to pay for walks or to use a puzzle piece to show awareness towards autism.
These meaningless symbols do not represent actual needs. These meaningless symbols do not create opportunity to enjoy quality of life. These meaningless symbols keep parents in a circle of false hope as autism continues to challenge everyone’s existence.
Autism is not easy. Autism is complicated. Not everyone understands autism.
Economics, politics, science, philosophy and all the forces of the universe have us in this conundrum and we the parents do what we can to the best of our abilities.
My thoughts this year:
Don’t dare highlight blue lights in April when…
A parent tried to kill her child with #autism
A teacher verbally abuses a student
School districts violate federal law
Law enforcement is not 100% trained
Bus drivers and teacher assistants rape girls
30% of marriages end separated or divorced
Moms have #PTSD and #Depression due to lack of support from doctors/therapists/academia
Academia is behind in thought process and suggestions how to live/handle/manage the diagnosis
Doctors diagnosing still tell parents there is no hope, this is how your child is going to be and will end up in an institution
Ignorance and fear reign rampant
Insurance companies limit or do not cover the wide array of therapies that can help achieve quality of life
Teachers to be do not receive appropriate training prior to working with our kids!
Individuals with severe autism are poorly served by the organizations claiming to support their needs
Poverty reduces the possibility to seek quality of life – parents are not given the opportunity to learn about self-entrepeneurship or become acquainted with their rights
Per the CDC – now, 1 in 36 kids have developmental disabilities
and tons more…
THE EYE (12/2017) by Thomais V. Moshopoulos
This creation is the result of a question asked to my daughter – now that she can talk —
I asked: “What do you see?”
She answered: “I used to see rainbows”
I asked: “Do you still see rainbows?”
She answered: “Not anymore”
I asked her to draw what she saw and this is the result.
How to keep our teens/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. A Sheriff from Pinellas Sheriff Office will be present to answer questions!
The event is organized by three of the featured guests of the Regional Emmy nominated WEDU-PBS broadcast:
Autism Town Hall Meeting – Breakthrough to Hope ( watch it here: wedu.org/autism ):
Ann Millan www.autism-believe-future.com
Yadira V. Calderon www.autismhappykingdom.com
Filomena McDonald Gulf Coast Autism Assoc Internet: http://gulfcoastautism.org/
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!
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.