All posts tagged: autism

Opengate Inc. Autism Awareness

Opengate, Inc. Lights Up Blue for Autism Awareness Month

  Officially April 2 is deemed World Autism Day and across the world it’s celebrated by lighting up blue on buildings, homes, and businesses to bring attention to autism. April is also National Autism Awareness month set aside to educate communities and bring awareness to autism. Promoting and recognizing the complexities of autism, as well as fostering inclusion and acceptance, is a large part of the planned activities at organizations like Opengate who serve many individuals diagnosed with autism. Liz Dama, who works with individuals in our Day Program, has declared “Blue Tuesdays” during the month of April where everyone wears blue in recognition of the national campaign, Light it Up Blue. The accepted symbol for autism awareness is puzzle pieces of many colors representing the complexity of the condition. Each color reveals an enhancement of the nature of autism, as well as the possibilities for a life well lived through proper understanding and awareness. “Interests and talents can turn into careers. Developing and nurturing these unique abilities can make life more fulfilling for a …

Ward Foley Appearing on The Next Frontier

The Next Frontier With Guest Ward Foley and host Anne Barbano Listen LIVE: http://www.theradiator.org/ Ward Foley, author of “Thank My Lucky Scars” and noted speaker, will be appearing on The Next Frontier with host Anne Barbano on Thursday, June 30 at 6pm ET.  The Next Frontier is a weekly radio show concentrating on those with autism and disabilities. Anne Barbano is the director, writer, and producer of LIVING THE AUTISM MAZE, a film about the difficulty of family life living with autism.  Parents talk in the film about poorly coordinated programs, educators and therapists with no training in autism, and bad advice.  An honest and powerful film, it has helped many to see what it’s like to live with the diagnosis of autism. Ward Foley, affectionately known as “Scarman,” is an author, speaker, husband, father, and friend.  Ward has also been a Little League coach, cross-country bicyclist, and more – all as part of his lifelong campaign to share happiness and peace.   Born with Arthrogryposis, a rare non-degenerative condition, he has  persisted through numerous surgeries, disfigurement and pain.  …

Sharon daVanport of Autism Womens Network Invited to Meet President Obama

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act and according to Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy, senior administration officials will be commemorating this historic anniversary in the weeks to come with new policies and events. President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have a comprehensive agenda to empower individuals with disabilities in order to equalize opportunities for all Americans. In addition to reclaiming America’s global leadership on this issue by becoming a signatory to — and having the Senate ratify — the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the plan has four parts, designed to provide lifelong support and resources to Americans with disabilities. Autism President Obama and Vice President Biden are committed to supporting Americans with Autism Spectrum Disorders (“ASD”), their families, and their communities. There are a few key elements to their support, which are as follows: First, President Obama and Vice President Biden support increased funding for autism research, treatment, screenings, public awareness, and support services. There must be research …