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/
Click the picture to watch!
Click the link to watch the video: Fave page from book…
All families – diagnosis or not – are welcomed to join Thomais as she reads favorite pages from her book “The Story of Thomais”.
Thomais recently expressed: “Parents you must also share your emotions with your kids!“
In a safe and child friendly environment children and parents will share, using words or drawing, their emotions.
EMOTIONS – Thomais latest video!
Read about her book – The Story of Thomais
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.
April 2012, what we lived – https://www.youtube.com/watch?
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…
Deborah McNamara, Ph.D. – Five Things You Might Not Know About Human Emotion
Background info – videos showing past experiences/reality and progress!
May 2016 – Empowering Moments
Aug 10, 2017 – First day 4th Grade
Sept 2017 – Surviving Hurricane Irma