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
UPDATE 10/5/18 — Thomais’ art piece “Dreams of Brazil” has just been sold!! It will reach the buyer in Puerto Rico soon!!!
A community is built from dedication and commitment…
Parents and Guardians of individuals with special abilities know this….
The exhibit “We Are All Art” opened today thanks to the support of many… Hotel Preston approached Borderless Arts Tennessee to host this empowering exhibit.
As a community, we all showed up, we cheered, we supported, we raved and were marveled by the creativity…
These activities create opportunity – these adults, artists, know they are capable of creating and selling their creation — taking steps towards independence!
Visit the exhibit – FREE – and purchase some art (Great Presents!!). It is open till Jan. 4, 2019.
We are beyond thankful…
Ms. Brinkworth and Dr. Boone – Thomais’ teachers – your presence is soooo inspiring. Taking from your personal time to support your student!
JC Oden – your willingness to give exposure is so appreciated.
Our presence in our relatives’ lives exerts a variety of influences…
The majority is positive as we all learn to handle, address, enjoy, discover, try to understand the diagnosis of autism and its nuances.
Our move to Tennessee has brought forth intense emotions and the reaffirmation that changes keep life vibrant – even when the challenges remain.
My brother is an example of facing the music and finding delight in life and all the love we have towards each other. He opened the doors to his life to us… wanting to be a part of Thomais’ growth and positive influences. As the days pass, the reaffirmation that the love of family has no limits is clearer than ever.
Charlie is an innate artist. Even at this stage of his life where his vision can be problematic (he does not distinguish colors!!).
And Thomais’ pace, flow, way of doing things inspire him to create a series of paintings called
– LOVE HAS NO LIMITS!
Ballerinas move and flow in a space and the movement produces hearts.
This is how we decide to go about life.
We’ll keep producing hearts and loving without limits.
Commissions are accepted – to inquire email: email@example.com