Thomais has autism. She is understanding and acknowledging her EMOTIONS. She is also learning it is important to express them and there are many ways to do this…
Thomais was learning 3 languages, reaching milestones like any other child – until December 2010 when she had a massive regression. She stopped talking, lining up toys, behavior crisis began and she was sick every month.
Almost 7 years later, after many interventions, therapies, over doses of love, patience and attention, Thomais is capable of engaging the day to day. She faces many challenges and as time passes they are easier to manage…
The Tampa Bay special needs community is invited to participate in a panel titled:
Parents-to-Parents education on the benefit of therapies and nutrition
Join Gulf Coast Autism Association http://gulfcoastautism.org/ and Florida Institute on Community and Disability (FICD) www.myFICD.org as they support Yadira V. Calderon, a local author and advocate who insists: “Informed parents make the best decisions”.
Many children and adults with a diagnosis face a variety of challenges – physical, medical, developmental. A plethora of researched and tried services, therapies and lifestyle changes are at the disposal of the families. The purpose of this panel is to present valuable information so families can make informed decisions.
The event takes place on
Saturday, Sept 30, 2017,
Countryside Library Clearwater
2642 Sabal Springs Dr. Clearwater, Florida, FL 33761
Kid Pro Therapy Services Inc President/Owner, LorRainne Jones, M.A., CCC-SLP, Ph.D., BCBA-D. She will do an overview of the benefit of today’s therapies and the importance of parent mediated interventions. http://www.kidprotherapy.com/
Hayes Family Chiropractic — Dr. Christopher Hayes, DC will present the benefits of chiropractic care and how he helps patients achieve the best health and quality of life possible http://hayesfamilychiro.com/
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 ):
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.
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.
I am obsessed with traveling, discovering and understanding life. I became the editor of a trade publication for the baking industry and visited most Spanish speaking countries. I did Logistics for the cement industry. I taught American Government in China. Everywhere I went, as a tourist or as a professional, I sought the opportunity to interact with families, experience commitment and going beyond the expectations to achieve that goal. I saw my education and curiosity as the means to an end.
Six years ago everything was about to change and I did not know it. The drive, the push, the non-stop urge to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro or ride the Trans-Siberian train all became futile and senseless when my daughter regressed into autism from one day to the next. December 2010 forever changed my life and perspective.
The #media and its reporting, portrayal of individuals with disabilities (obvious and non-obvious) is dismal.
Reporting of events having to do with pets or gory stories are prioritized over 15-30 seconds of reality from a disabled perspective.
** FACT: Stories with roles based on a disabled individual are not a part of TV shows/movies – As the The Ruderman Family Foundation White Paper states – 95% OF CHARACTERS WITH DISABILITIES ARE PLAYED BY ABLE-BODIED ACTORS