Together we WILL make a difference

Together we WILL make a difference

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Amazing Things

When amazing things happen, people take notice. What we as autism parents learn is that everything has the potential to be truly amazing. I mean who knew that saying "hi", making eye contact, or trying a new food would be considered miracles?

During this month of Autism Awareness I hope that we take the opportunity to tell the world that while we work our butts off (funny mine still seems ample and healthy) helping our kids, we are grateful for the lessons and the miracles that autism brings. There are countless things I would have journeyed through life and completely taken for granted had autism not commanded my attention. For those wonderful lessons I thank Bren. He is a tremendous teacher and example.

On that same note of amazing things, I am sure you have seen the video Chris made for the Strike Out Autism Game. If you haven't...then you must. It is, simply put, perfect. He, again, did a wonderful job. Pass along the link to family and friends.

Thank you Chris!
CCAC Parent Booster Club Meeting
Saturday, April 21, 2012
9:00 am
Kremen Education Building, Room 54

The Parent Booster Club is currently in need of an attorney, CPA or anyone with information or experience in creating a corporation and/or filling for non-profit. You guessed it. We are trying our darndest to go official. If you or anyone you know has experience in this sort of thing, please contact me. Our goal is to be a driving force in the community that can raise awareness and funds for continuing programming.

But we have a lot more to discuss at our upcoming meeting. We invite EVERYONE to attend. Even if you feel you do not have a lot of time or resources to offer help. We invite you come and hear about what is going on. Lend a helping hand where you can and let us know when you can't. We are an understanding bunch of parents who are hoping we can get a few more to join us in our crusade.

See you Saturday!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Parent Booster Meetings

Don't you just hate it when someone changes plans on you? You have your schedule set. Everything's a go. And then someone buggers it all up by throwing you a proverbial curve ball. Well, hold on to your bat.

The CCAC Parent Booster Club has standing, ongoing meetings every 2nd and 4th Saturday morning. We meet shortly after 9:00am when our kiddos are dropped off for therapy and we have parked our cars and walked down to Room 54. This was to be steady so our attendance numbers could build without confusion.

But, due to the MANY activities going on in April (Autism Awareness Month), we are having only 1 Booster meeting and it will be on the 3rd Saturday. We will resume our regularly scheduled meetings in May on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

Here is the short version:

CCAC Parent Booster Club Meeting
Saturday, April 21, 2012
9:00 am
Kremen Education Building, Room 54

This is for anyone with a vested interest in seeing the CCAC grow and succeed. So, yes, that means you should be there.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Results on Autism Study make the news

I will not retell the news report. But I will share with you my version. I got a call from ABC30 Action news this morning asking if I would go on camera and share my reaction to a new study coming from UC Davis. The study showed that pregnant women who are obese are 60% more likely to have a child with autism than their non-obese counterparts. I had not read the study but assured the reporter I would before she arrived at my house an hour later.

During the interview I told her I thought it was a little premature, from my read of the study results, to really make any clear connection between the two. I am happy to see research being done but there seems to be more factors in play. I know "skinny"/"healthy" people who have children with autism and "obese" people who have absolutely no children on the spectrum. Anyway, see for yourself.

Watch the ABC Action News report here.

And my last comment is more of a question. Is this really the best news story they can come up with during Autism Awareness Month? I mean in her short visit to my house this morning, the reporter saw Bren use sign language and his iPad to communicate with me at least a dozen times. In my mind he is a much better story to share. I'm just sayin'...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Perspectives of Autism

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Strike Out Autism 2012 Game

April is here. Already. How did that happen? Fast, that's how. Remind your family and friends that they need to order their Strike Out Autism Grizzlies Game tickets by April 9. That is just 5 short days away.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Red Hot News Coverage

Chris and his one dad bike-a-thon made ABC channel 30 news. Make sure you watch the story clip on his blog.

Thank you for inspiring us Chris.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Comments Please

A family issue pulled me out of town this weekend. I missed the carnival. And I am sad. I am hoping those of you did attend can leave some messages below and let me know how it went. Did the community attend? Did the games go well? What did we learn to do differently next year? What should we do the same?

Let me know.