Think Globally – World Autism Awareness Day – 4-2-14

Originally posted on Stay Quirky, my friends:

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, aiming to promote the rights and well-being of the autistic around the world.

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While we who are already “aware” of autism get worn out sometimes by “awareness” campaigns, today’s message from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded me of an important international campaign that deserves our attention here at home:

Tragically, in many parts of the world, these individuals are denied their fundamental human rights. They battle discrimination and exclusion. Even in places where their rights are secured, too often they still have to fight for basic services.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides a strong framework for action to create a better world for all.

Read the Secretary-General’s full message here.*

In his call to participate in a “shared vision of a more inclusive…

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Story of Hope: Marley

Originally posted on mymanyautisticways:

The last thing I wanted to share today on World Autism Awareness Day ~ 2014 was a story of hope. Actually it is Marley’s story of hope. I  recently was asked by the Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy organization if I would like to contribute my son’s story to share with others during the awareness month of April. With no hesitation, I dropped everything I was doing at the moment, which was alot and sat down to type a shorten version of Marley’s journey. I wanted to participate for so many reasons. First of which was to give hope to someone else who might come across the article and to share that when you think all hope is gone, it never really is. Secondly, WAAA is the first organization I sought help from when arriving in Washington. They are hands down the best. They have a group of wonderful advocates…

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World Autism Awareness Day

Originally posted on Nectar Madness: My Bipolar Sapience:

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April is Autism Awareness month and today is Autism Awareness day. In support for Autism Spectrum Disorders, I’ve posted this list of myths and facts found on autism.about.com. I thought this was pretty informative.

1. Autistic People Are All Alike

Myth: If I’ve met an autistic person (or seen the movie Rain Man), I have a good idea of what all autistic people are like.

Fact: Autistic people are as different from one another as they could be. The only elements that ALL autistic people seem to have in common are unusual difficulty with social communication.

2. Autistic People Don’t Have Feelings

Myth: Autistic people cannot feel or express love or empathy.

Fact: Many — in fact, most — autistic people are extremely capable of feeling and expressing love, though sometimes in idiosyncratic ways! What’s more, many autistic people are far more empathetic than the average person, though they…

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Join the YWCA in Taking A Stand Against Racism

Originally posted on eliminating racism, empowering women:

stand events april 2013 025 The persistence and pervasiveness of racism divides our community and keeps individuals from achieving success in education, health, employment, and quality of life. The YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism initiative brings people together to raise awareness that racism still exists and that it can no longer be ignored or tolerated. In 2013, over 310,000 individuals nationwide took a stand against racism by participating in an event or taking an individual action, helping to raise awareness that racism hurts everyone. In Buncombe County alone, approximately 5,000 people and 99 organizations took a Stand Against Racism.

“Part of the YWCA’s mission is to eliminate racism, and we’re proud to do that every day through our programs,” said Beth Maczka, Executive Director. “In April we focus that year-long energy on The Stand Against Racism. The power of the Stand is that it allows us to unite the community in calling out the racism…

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Happy 80th Birthday, Jane

Mindfulness Before Medication

Originally posted on :

druggo1 Last week a co-worker told me her daughter recently started a trial of antidepressant medication. At school they say she is ‘overly sensitive,’ cries a lot and has been depressed. She is seven years old.

She’s been diagnosed as ‘mildly autistic’ and has been seeing a therapist in addition to receiving intervention at school. This co-worker has been an advocate for her daughter since the first indication that something was different about her. She reports that representatives of the school say her daughter needs more support than she receives in a regular classroom setting, but they don’t want to put her in special education because they don’t think that’s the best fit either.

This mother believes her otherwise healthy, bright, inquisitive, perceptive and sensitive seven year old child would thrive in an educational environment where her differences are acknowledged as part of the whole, complete person that she is, as…

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A day to thank social workers

Originally posted on Hospice Matters:

by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager
Mark Byrd, right, has a special interest in Veterans

Mark Byrd, right, takes a special interest in helping Veterans

March is not just the month where we wear green and hope for the luck of the Irish.  In the healthcare community, it’s the month where we honor a group of unsung heroes: our social workers.

Social workers in the field of hospice embody a true blend of heart and mind.  They possess the clinical knowledge needed for analytics and assessment and they draw on an endless well of compassion when building relationships with families who are moving full-steam-ahead toward heartbreaking loss.

Social workers are part of a larger hospice care team, so they must have the ability to cooperate with others and effectively communicate their opinions.  This might entail advocating for the patient, a member of the patient’s family, or even a family friend.  At which point they must use their significant multi-tasking skills…

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