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Why I advocate for Direct Support Professionals… guest blog post was written kit peterson grandmother young man the autism spectrum she advocate for fair pay for the direct support professionals who have become family people like her grandson despite how difficult was accept our familys reality all jumped support karla jonathan received every service available occupational speech and physical therapies special education and … hundreds others who are impacted begins right albany but can reach far beyond new york state must raise our voices behalf group who often cannot speak for themselves they are our grandchildren they need direct support professionals who can afford …
Meet Greg and Julie Y.… kaitlyn yawitz one the lucky ones able turn her passion for crafting into career thanks her parents unwavering support each morning she hops the car with her mom julie former adolescent therapist and special events coordinator head over their newly opened workshop doityourself craft studio that offers individual and group classes create the latest ontrend designs customizable decor accessories working alongside her mom also provides … with countless families through the years through the autism speaks walk events and they continue fundraise and walk support kaitlyns crew the best part being the board directly helping the people who need the most able provide information …
Meet Tyler H. … missouri louis not only does live campus dorm suite with two other students hes thriving all his classes thanks the extra support receives member the succeed program postsecondary program for students with intellectual and developmental … center tylers parents credit their sons amazing strides into adulthood crucial early intervention services caring and supportive group family members and kindhearted friends who always stood his side and his strong will make the most his life tyler …
Meet Chase T.… and information about autism was difficult but helen and alan made their job advocate for their son and get him the support needed they quickly enrolled chase his preschools autismcentric special education program where would receive … have the opportunity participate enjoyable activities like therapeutic horseback riding gymnastics and art class with team supporters like his family teachers and behavioral therapists chase has come long way since being diagnosed toddler even … autism what areas has your autism helped you excel have faced struggles like talking other people conversations being part group and focusing work autism helped excel making very imaginative and creative why important people the spectrum advocate …
Spanish resources help bilingual families in the autism community overcome language barriers … diagnostic appointment berlina felipe did her research she had year during that wait reading about what expect and how plan supports for her son alex when did get diagnosed age 4 even though was already prepared was still hard felipe said she found … wanting get spot both jairs grandmothers who took care him when was young attended the spanish classes well learn how support him years later mom told she glad that got all the early intervention gaby said and that never gave the felipe and … many their classes and resources spanish based participant feedback they also sometimes separate dads and moms into two groups encourage each group talk more openly alexs family made sure learn from his providers and school contacts how help …
Thriving at Home during the Pandemic: Authentic Tips for Resilience… tips work complete tasks blocks time rather than longer sustained arcs chunk tasks like cleaning responding emails into groups avoid exhaustion this will leave longer blocks time for recovery from tasks demands adapt your interests life home … your downtime sensory being home can actually plus when comes sensory needs you can build access your preferred sensory supports the current situation may disrupt your meal preparation and personal hygiene routines tips frequent handwashing may … locally and globally help grow autistic leadership train others selfadvocacy principles and teach theatrebased techniques support people with autism founded the autism theatre network and the author several papers autistic resilience selfadvocacy …
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