“For the growing number of individuals like Jon with significant special needs who are quickly aging out of the school system, the need for support and learning does not just end when they hit a magic birthday. Caudy and Heighten looked at communities around the country that support adults with special needs such as Bittersweet Farms in Ohio, First Place AZ in Phoenix, and Sweetwater Spectrum in California before creating 29 Acres with other families for a viable place in North Texas to do the same.”
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) has awarded eight mini-grants for youth-led projects that aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among teens. All projects will be implemented by September 30, 2017. Funding for the CSB’s mini-grant program for youth-led projects is provided as part of a regional suicide prevention grant from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).
The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) is now offering same day, in-person screening for mental health/and or substance use concerns to youth. The official launch date is February 1, 2017. Individuals of any age seeking help for a mental health and/or substance use concern, may walk in, without appointment, to the CSB’s Merrifield Center and speak with a staff member face-to-face, rather than initiating contact over the phone.
Jonathan Andrews, a UK based award-winning campaigner, who also happens to be autistic “… was once advised to hide his autism from prospective employers. Instead, he is making his name by doing just the opposite.”
Please check out this awesome discussion of resources available to caregivers of ASD children who are very interested in numbers and/or letters. The response is written by psychologist Terry Katz, who works in the department of developmental pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Here is a remarkable post by Autism Speaks staffer Kerry Magro, a motivational speaker and best-selling author who’s on the autism spectrum. In this post, Kerry addresses a letter to her parents: “Because if you fight for me right now and never give up, not only will I be that speaker, but I’ll have the opportunity to write an Amazon Best Seller, consult for a major motion picture that makes 30 million dollars, and be someone who gives you love every single day. I will grow into an adult who embraces affection.”
“But living with a nonverbal brother with complex needs taught her something that changed her entire class of children without her saying a word: it doesn’t need words to help people. I still worry. But I know that in all she lives with she is somehow managing to turn ashes to beauty. And I could not be more proud of her.” Here is a beautiful story that you must read to brighten your day
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A study recently published in PubMed.Gov (the US National Library of Medicine, managed by the National Institutes of Health) discusses the outcomes of clinical trials where Vitamin D as an oral supplement provided to trial participants appeared to lead to positive outcomes after 4 months of Vitamin administration. While such studies are to be carefully
#FeelGood Story, Dec 2016 edition: Texas Woman Misses Flight to Help Man with Autism Through AirPort
“A Texas woman is being celebrated online after posting about a recent encounter with an autistic man while flying through Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.” Read the full story below: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/12/20/texas-woman-misses-flight-to-help-man-with-autism-through-airport.html
Airline provides travel visual guides to assist children and individuals with autism or cognitive disabilities
Check out the useful guides developed by Aer Lingus airline! They partnered with the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support to assist individuals with autism to better understand the process of travel including navigating the airport, boarding, in-flight and arrival.
“A key underlying philosophy of the program is that education — the classroom — provides the most effective treatment for autism. The program, run jointly by the city’s Department of Education and NYU Nest Support Project, places students with autism who are capable of doing grade-level work in classrooms with their non-disabled peers.” For the