Thomais has autism. She can now speak – after a massive regression in Dec. 2010.
As time passes, her prowess with language and body expressions is obvious and beyond enjoyable. At the same time, her message is clear, concise and beyond real.
I HAVE AUTISM… ACCEPT ME!
Thomais wants to be acknowledged, accepted, understood, respected – she wants to belong.#Autism can present challenges. The rest of the world needs to hear from those living it, to better understand what it can be about.Find out more about Thomais here: www.autismhappykingdom.com#twominutewonderclip
Posted by Autism: The Happy Kingdom on Thursday, April 12, 2018
She wants to be acknowledged, accepted, understood, respected – she wants to belong. #Autism can present challenges. The rest of the world needs to hear from those living it, to better understand what it can be about.
This was Thomais’ reality in 2012… behavior crisis that could last 2 hours… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfcRx… It is no longer the case… Now we celebrate her!
Find out more about Thomais here: www.autismhappykingdom.com
NOTE: I am aware not every family can have their child communicate the way Thomais does. We have been there. We survived the not knowing or understanding. May Thomais’s words help those around you understand what your child/teen/adult could be experiencing.
We are so thankful to the members of the press that have expressed interest in our projects in the U.S.A., South America and Europe.
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* OCTOBER 2017 – REGIONAL EMMY NOMINATION FOR WEDU-PBS broadcast – Autism Town Hall Meeting: Breakthrough to Hope
Congratulations to the producers – especially Spencer Briggs and Marketing Director Joyce Cotton!
Honored to be a part of this spectacular production!!
* EL COMERCIO – PERU – published Thomais interview with Teacher Chris!
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
by Yadira V. Calderon
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.
Continue reading I am an educated woman, I earn minimum wage and I get food stamps . Here’s why.
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
** FACT: Out of 8 events I organized – promoting acceptance, inclusion, awareness, parental empowerment — 2 received media coverage (greatly appreciate support from Natalia Rodriguez and Gaby Romero)
How to correct this?