Entrepreneurship can be an exciting possibility for people with disabilities. With an emphasis on the young person’s abilities, skills, and creativity, this presentation will discuss entrepreneurship as a viable option for independence and financial well-being for adults-to-be with disabilities. Participants will also learn about using social media as a platform for promotion, how to identify prospective markets, and organizations that provide support to future entrepreneurs.
The participant will
1. understand the importance of emphasizing the abilities of young people with disabilities.
2. gain knowledge of organizations providing support to future entrepreneurs.
3. be able to utilize social media as an empowering tool to promote.
– differences and commonalities are considered, discussed.
The main purpose is to help attendees gain a better understanding of the autism spectrum diagnosis, how parents deal with it, survive it; so anyone can become an advocate through the use of practical strategies and resources in the community/social media.
Most importantly, how to achieve quality of life regardless of the challenges faced.
Yadira V. Calderon has been eating, breathing, sleeping, challenging and accepting autism for the past eight years. She is a dedicated warrior, advocate, radio talk show host, director of short films and author of the soon to be published – Autism: The Happy Kingdom. She holds a M.A. International Relations and Diplomacy, speaks three languages and has lived in six countries, having traveled to another twenty-seven. Her friends know she is determined, persistent, positive, creative, open-minded and realistic, she believes these attributes prepared her to become the mother of ten year-old Thomais.
Yadira has worked as Editor for Trade Publications – Meat and Baking industries; Logistics- Cement Industry; Instructor in China; and Teacher Assistant in 3 middle schools – ESE classrooms. She also provided support to adults with special needs and worked in a retail store.
1. To shift from the challenges of the diagnosis to plan for a future where quality of life is the priority
2. To understand your child so love and respect lead the interaction
3. To prioritize life outside the household
4. To create a circle of support that understands autism in your household and its particular realities
My daughter wants to travel. She wishes to discover the world. She says all the time, you went to China and you did not take me… not fair!!
We have read posts about families raising children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum who have succeeded planning trips. Yes, even with autism on board they were capable of enjoying a vacation. Above all, not allowing the diagnosis control the dynamics.
Here is our effort. We must share what we are learning and enjoying.
I am aware not everyone can do what we do, how we do it. The purpose here is not to compare since we have something to learn from all of you, I firmly believe that. The purpose is to share how we accept the awesome and the challenges of our day to day. Above all, how we seek quality of life.