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SUPPORTING Self~Esteem!

A simple concept. It’s nothing NEW.It  stands to reason. It’s perfectly understandable. It’s something we all need to do….MORE OF!  Cultivating talents and strengths  of the individuals within the Autism community!

Culturally we all love aknowledgments. We celebrate the accomplishments of others. Scrolling through history we see the amazing and notorious characters that have come before us. Notating such glorious behaviors and such dastardly deeds. People are capable of so much…and so little.

So every fall we must realize that a NEW DAY has dawned for Autistic people and the people who LOVE them!!

A SHIFT in the hearts, minds and attitudes of people. The perception of Autistic people and their capabilities is being re-focused. Fine-tuned if you will. Awards events, venues for  creating and showcasing ART, books redefining our peoples worth! In 2011 …we have arrived!

On the weekend of September 23rd-25th…we will ENJOY The 2nd Annual Naturally Autistic People AWARDS & CONVENTION!!

 The opportunity here is to INCLUDE a group of people that have been widely marginalized. Sadly it seems that this world of “Celebrating Self-Esteem” had previously overlooked the Autistic population.Well that is no longer the case. Our awards celebration is here to stay and we are thrilled about it! I believe society as a whole  had been assuming that we as a community had nothing to CELEBRATE.

NOTHING could be further from the truth. Life is worth celebrating no matter your “label”. We have life and while we have that gift we will make the best of it. We too have abundant gifts to share. Simply put this concept is at the crux of cultivating a happy life.  Growing and giving the good inside of yourself ~to others. The trick is finding those gifts that each person has to give…focusing  on interests and encouraging people to follow where those interests take them! Self esteem~101. It is a simple concept that has been overlooked for far too long. Society is NOW starting to get a small taste of the talent streaming in!

The very best way to SUPPORT this golden opportunity for the Autistic Community is to involve yourselves and…SPONSOR~ SPONSOR~ SPONSOR!!  Companies that break ground with this venture are cutting the edge in CULTURE CHANGE!! What better way to support the future’s amazing minds!! Your COMPANY can give as little as the price for 1 ticket - enabling an Autistic adult to attend the AWARDS ! To sponsoring the cost of an actual award (an original handblown glass design) with the aknowledgment of your sponsorship etched right in.  There are many ways to SUPPORT US! 

 We are very excited by the opportunities SPONSORSHIP brings. It says alot about YOU and your Company. Believing in these awards and what they represent is TANGIBLE!! Your dollars at work in the BEST way possible. Helping Autistic PEOPLE contribute to society. People that are alive NOW!  Not waiting for what researcher’s come up with years down the road. Living, breathing people. People that  desire and DESERVE support now! Show the Autistic community that YOU and the  CORPORATIONS of this world believe in the incredible possibilities for their futures !

DOWNLOAD SPONSORSHIP FORMS HERE…2011 Sponsorship form !!!  ThankYOU in advance!

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FULL Steam…AHEAD!!

This Monday nite’s Board meeting was the presentation of our finalized plan for Autism Division SUMMER / FALL Little League! OUR NEW Self Esteem/Social Skills Group!! Hot Fun in the CITY , The City of San Dimas!! How could I get so lucky?? To live right here in the hub of this historical venture!! Normally for a summer activity Wyatt & I would go to our local Regional center. His case worker would have funding for 2 weeks of a summer day program. This summer not possible, due to the states budget problems.

Lucky for us we will pay a very reasonable amount of cash for FUN, SOCIALIZATION and SELF~ESTEEM!! Unbelievable, “BANG FOR YOUR BUCK if you ask me !! I seriously have never seen ANYTHING quite like what we are seeing here at Marchant Park!! Not ONLY are these players progressing with their gameplay. Improving and aquiring skills they never knew they had. They are becoming a tight knit group!!

WHAAAT??

Did you catch THAT?? I said they are becoming tight knit… and I am not kidding! A-LEAGUE, is bringing something to these players lives… that is NEW. New and very EXCITING! To watch these kids play is pure poetry! Not in the same sense as the rest of the S.D.L.L. Our players will never make the ALL~STARS for their continued stellar performances. We undoubtedly will not be fighting and jockeying our players for college ball and beyond. We are as previously stated… just happy to be under the sun, shootin the breeze …while watching our angels “DO WHAT THEY DO!

No pressure styles, ALL imperfections welcome! No derision, NO breaking spirits, just good pure unaffected fun!! Truly…a little AUTISM won’t hurt anybody. The way our kids are wired is something NEW for Little League and a little alien to the intense competetive nature. Our kids are just more CHILL!! We are hoping to have all our current A-Leaguer’s return. In addition to that an influx of more!! Lora & I talked to alot of people at the Autism Speaks walk in Pasadena last month. All of our interested friends are WELCOME !This is a very accepting and nurturing enviornment- so give it a shot. Your child WILL SURPRISE YOU

GUARANTEED !! I have seen these players independently thinking about their teammates!! So unheard of in A.S.D. individuals…or so we’ve been told. Perhaps, we just were’nt seeing it from the proper perspective in the past. Now… we are seeing it in a whole NEW LIGHT! Very illuminating indeed! Here’s hoping so many more will see this light! The LIGHT that self-esteem and self worth TURN-ON. This is what A- league has done , is doing and WILL CONTINUE TO DO.

This opportunity has TURNED ON a light so to speak in our kids. Autism has many dark moments. So feeling this light~ this connection… is hard to describe to people that are in THE DARK about AUTISM. That being said! Check out this INCREDIBLE Scheduele! We will end this season. June 5th with our Last game. On Sun. June 6th we will be having our CELEBRATION come on by between 2-4 to register. The following Sat. June 12th will be Our S.D.L.L. Closing Day Ceremony. Again come on out Celebrate The kids of S.D.L.L.! and another registration will be available 1 to 3 P.M. Click Here for OUR… SUMMER SESSION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Please consider this for your child …we are seeing and feeling the amazing results. The results of allowing some amazing people the opportunity to excel in the fashion they are able with complete adoration and acceptance!! NO MATTER , they will never win the tournament. That is not the point for Our League we are a winner PURELY because we’ve shown up. Trophies, plaques and pins are weak in comparison to the smiles excitement and friendships our children are enjoying.

AS WE DO WHAT WE DO!! Thankyou very much…..

summer league autism flyer <MORE INFO!!

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Season’s SHIFTING…

…as we tick into SUMMER from SPRING! What an amazing spring we have had! The very 1st ALL~ AUTISM~DIVISION! Thankyou to LITTLE LEAGUE, San Dimas Little League …League President, Tim Roe and Mom on a Mission “DIVISION VISIONARY” Lora Mancini. Without the ALIGNMENT of these entities we would have been missing the boat this season yet again. HAPPILY not the case!

With this initial season we have seen and felt amazing things.For the MOST PART… very clear sailing! Our young players connecting and bonding with peers like never before! Social SKILLS to the 10th POWER! I have not really seen one meltdown or unhappy kid in ALL of the practices and games. We HAVE HAD a few stomps, pouts and whoops around the bases from time to time. The only bat throwing is not in anger …more in danger. Whoops! Some of the kids are not quite sure about that dropping of the bat ritual. (We will be working diligently on that to be sure…)

Which we will have time to do …this SUMMER!! Woo Hoo ~The adventure continues! Our season ends June 5th… and after we Celebrate that & take a couple of weeks off…WE WILL BE BACK!! With a Summer-League! So Awesome… especially this summer, when California has ~completely~ cut our Summer DAY-CAMP Budget to – ZIP ! Uh Oh…everyone with a kid on the spectrum knows…busy is good. So busy, “lucky us” will be!! Thanks again LITTLE LEAGUE, S.D.L.L., Tim Roe, Lora Mancini…& the hard working moms and dads on the board and on the field. SUMMER in the DUGOUT!!

Our hats are off to you!! You have affected such change and happiness that the effects will be rippling on for years! How is that possible you say ?? Simple. Two words. SELF ESTEEM! A simple yet, pure basic human need. Something we have not been affording these amazing kids. Seems society had decided that they didn’t have the skills or desire or the NEED. Society has been ~Wrong~dead wrong! I have seen EVERY kid open up. Regardless of “how-autistic” you would consider each player. We ARE all variations on A theme…and this baseball breaks BARRIERS! I have been seeing it, living it, breathing it …..WRITING IT!!

I have thoroughly convinced myself and anyone else who’ll listen! This IS the way to go SELF ESTEEM THERAPY …so simple. The season has only been a handful of weeks…just thinking of the continued confidence and happiness we can build… WOW ,The possibilities are SO GREAT!! Lora is taking steps to let the little league organization know how important this season has been. She also needs our help to explain the value of an all AUTISM DIVISION! If we have the numbers to fill teams in each community then I say…”keep ‘em seperated.” It just makes sense for purposes of commonalities and cohesive teaching styles. I’ve been trying to tell people AUTISM is a whole other entity. ISSUES and VARIABLES. But if all players have the same issues and variables it is so much easier to move forward as a group.

A Common Understanding! It’s a beautiful thing …we strive for!!

Please E-Mail…….sranck@littleleague.org to tell him why it is beneficial to continue on with an AUTISM DIVISION….. Parents, Interested Parties…and…Proffessionals PLEASE !

Thankyou Greatly! AutismHWY!!

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The Canyon Club ROCKS!!

How great was Cinco De Mayo for everyone in attendance last Wed. in Augora Hills California? To infinity and beyond!! That’s how great!! To see Autistic Performers entertaining a delighted CROWD!! A vision I want to see more of!! A vision made possible this night by Autism Movement Therapy creator Joanne Lara. Truly a champion and angel for all things spectrum! She is a passionate woman to say the least!

Her passion for dance, music and the Autism Spectrum is infinite! When I was first made aware of this STAR she immediately impressed me! She is actually more like a flaming comet…a star seems far too mild! If you have ever been to one of Joannes presentations your head is bobbing up & down right now as I speak. She is “High~Energy where it is so needed. Thankyou Joanne for all you do and for inspiring others as well!! The best thing we can all do. Spread each others good word and good works. Promoting Friendship through common understanding! That is why I am adding Joanne’s website permanently to OUR Interesting sites section in the left hand margin! Click there for fun and self-esteem therapy! The best therapy the planet has to offer!

Lora Mancini and I arrived to the nice big airy club and got a great seats behind the mixing board! Some amazing performances, great company and atmosphere, Tequila, chips and salsa. It was a celebration that won’t soon be forgotten! So fun to be Celebrating Talents of individuals not previously Showcased with MORE TO COME!! So nice to see a “neuro~diverse crowd meeting in the middle! On the big airy dance floor!

The list of performers was varied like our spectrum!! Soulful Singer Chadwick was the thread running throughout the evening. What a huge voice with incredible range! His personable and compassionate delivery made him the perfect host. Not to mention his goosebump evoking version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Look for Chadwick music on facebook & twitter.

Kyle Cousins and Nick Guzman performed a couple of songs …mixing it up with their different styles and talents! Kyle’s performance had the crowd wowed , enjoying his talent and confidence on stage.

Nick serenaded us with his voice and acoustic guitar skills. Nick also works the microphone and the crowd. He was persistent at nights end to be sure patrons were on hand to collect their raffle prize! ” Do we have a 8675309…Is there a # 8675309 ?” A great time was had by ALL & heck free C.D.’s if you were lucky enough to have Nick call out your number!

Susan Sheller treated us with some awesome numbers. So love her passionate style! Her song inspired by her awesome son “Lookin for Julian” ROCKS!! Her original music can be found in the hit documentary “Normal People Scare Me!” (Love that name!)

Stephen Shore played piano which sounded fabulous…such a diverse crowd. Another amazing treat was the appearance of Elaine Hall and Wyatt Isaacs! For those of you who don’t know …those two names are from the great HBO Documentary “Autism the Musical”! Such a wonderful concept and Documentation of it!

Her idea of an entire production driven by and showcasing the talents on the spectrum. ~AUTISTIC~PEOPLE HAVE SKILLS!!! Woo Hoo!! Elaine has a new show coming out very soon! Find-out more about this little Dynamo here… http://www.themiracleproject.com

Wyatt Isaacs is 15 and quite a young man now!! It was very fun to see him perform his song from the documentary film “Sensitive!! Also exciting to meet with his very cool Mom! There is just something great about Spectrum Supporters! We have a lot of heart and soul!! Wyatt rocked the room and his stage presence and pride beamed!

Jack Mack and the Heart~Attack had a great sounding set and really played hard… Truly including our performers in ALL of the fun!! Thankyou to everyone involved in making this happen!! It was very fun, very entertaining, very marketable and very needed in communities everywhere!!

Here’s hoping that others will follow the lead of these AUTISM~ART~ANGELS!!!  With visionaries like Joanne , Elaine, Keri Bowers … http://www.normalfilms.com and Susan Sheller a whole new world of self-esteem is opening up!

Perhaps….. YOU could be the NEXT PERFORMER!!

It Is “The New RENAISSANCE”!!

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