How to keep our 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.
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 ):
Yadira V. Calderon
Gulf Coast Autism Assoc Internet: http://gulfcoastautism.org/
Click the link to watch the video: Fave page from book…
Families 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.
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?v=vfcRxgTZVHk
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
Greatest experience ever… another one!
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!
My daughter is 9 years old.
My daughter has autism.
My daughter is proud of who she is.
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.
Let me know how it goes!
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!
Conversation about alternative medicine and its benefits.
FL lifted the ban on medicinal cannabis and a dispensary in St Pete FL opened. I was interviewed to discuss our reality — we can’t afford the product, even though we’d benefit immensely from it.
As a parent – I’d have to pay for a consult, then a permit of sorts, plus the product.
Video: Reporter – Beatriz Pares – InfoMas, Tampa FL (July 2017). Subtitled.
Continue reading TV report – Alternative Medicine
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?