Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thank you 2009!

Dear Friend,

As 2009 draws to a close, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of our community. And for letting us be a part of yours. We have shared a wonderful year together. Since our launch this past May, we have helped more then 37 children and adults! We also have families nation- and world-wide helping us build a world of hope. We are excited to have friends of MSAAFinc around the world!
I have been particularly touched by all the emails we have received telling us about a new found hope in community.

Looking forward to the New Year, we will have many exciting things to share, including new events, webinars on new treatment tools, free expert webinars and much more. I invite you to email us MSAAFinc@gmail.com

I would like to thank Tara McClintick (BooksbyTara),
Amalia starr, Zach Gonzalez,
Bear Pit BBQ restaurant,
In N out, wellsprings
Andy's Submarine Sandwich's and everyone who has been a part of MSAAFinc.


On behalf of the entire team here at MSAAFinc, let me wish you a happy and healthy New Year!
Best Regards,

Tatiana Mendoza
CEO and Founder


MSAAFinc






Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2009 "Winter Wonderland"

This year’s "Winter Wonderland" toy/canned food drive and Autism information fair was the best one yet!! It was a day of education, empowerment and fun! Families had the opportunity of connecting with other parents affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
It is an amazing feeling to see such a big response by the Canoga Park and Autism community. Without our sponsors, this event wouldn’t be possible. A big thank you to them!

Sponsored by Books By Tara










AmaliaStarrSpeakerAutism.com website.
800-939-1046
Amaliastarr.Autisable.com
autismmomexpert twitter

DJs4Autismtwitter

It really speaks volumes on the Autism community that we can gather around a common cause and help less fortunate families with Autism during the holidays. 36 children and adults with Autism received gifts!! And a delicious meal provided by Andy's Submarine Sandwich's 21311 Sherman Way; Canoga Park, CA 91303.
Phone number 818-347-1350









































































































































I very thankful that the Autism community came together and helped make this event possible. I’m so happy to live in a place where the Autism community is supported.

We are 100% volunteer-run and pay the bills through donations and paid services. Please email us for more information on how you can help!
MSAAFinc@gmail.com



Once again, proceeds of this event will help less fortunate children and adults with Autism in the holidays!

Thank you and Happy Holiday!
Love
MSAAFinc

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Winter Womderland

"Winter Wonderland” toy drive and annual Autism information fair!
Is only a few days away!!
(Dec 21 Monday) Come and spend some time with friends!!






Please feel free to bring any donations of food (non perishable items) and toys!

Thank YOU!!

" The MSAAFinc is a non- profit organization that offers a forum for families of children, teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.To find love and support!"

This is intended on being a day of education, empowerment and fun! Families have the opportunity of connecting with other parents affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

We are 100% volunteer-run and pay the bills through donations and paid services. Please email us for more information on how you can help!
MSAAFinc@gmail.com

Date: Monday, Dec 21 2009

Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

Location: Lanark Park
21816 Lanark Street, Canoga Park, CA 91304-4016


Cost: FREE - families are welcome

Contact: RSVP @ MSAAFinc@gmail.com

Attractions: Gifts, Raffles, Games, Snacks, Bouncy house!

Sponsored by Books By Tara

AmaliaStarrSpeakerAutism.com website.
800-939-1046
Amaliastarr.Autisable.com
autismmomexpert twitter

DJs4Autism

Thank you to all our Sponsors for the never ending love and support!! With out you we couldn't do it!

Sponsorship opportunities!! Please email MSAAFinc@gmail.com

Thank You!
MSAAFinc

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Q and A with Amalia Starr

Dear Friends,

I am extremely excited to be able to bring to you a Q and A with our guest blogger for November, Amalia Starr who is a mother, an Autism Family Consultant, Motivational Speaker & Author of Raising Brandon: Creating a Path to Independence for Your Adult “Kid” with Autism & Special Needs.








1) What advice do you have for parents that just found out their child has a developmental disability?

It is important to be aware that negative feelings will arise. Try not to get attached to those feelings, don’t numb them out, and don’t bury them. They will shift over time. Remember, it is a process. We are all different, but I have found that surrendering to “what is” helps one to move through this stage more quickly, as resistance to “what is” will only prolong it. When you are able to face the diagnosis head on the negative feelings will begin to fade away, and acceptance is right around the corner.

 Gather as much information as possible.
 Join support groups.
 Talk about your child’s disability.
 Keep a journal,and write down anything and everything.
 Find one person you can share your innermost feelings with.
 When you are ready talk to other parents. They can be a great source of information and support.
 Try to live and stay in the moment as often as you can.
 Be courageous, and believe in yourself.

My son, Brandon was diagnosed with epilepsy and learning disorders at age nine. The pediatric neurologist told us to tell no one including Brandon that he had epilepsy, due to the stigma attached. For several years I did what she said. That was one of the worst things I could have done.

 Don’t keep secrets, especially about a health condition. It causes more harm than good.

I know from personal experience that when our children are helped at an early age, they have a much better chance of changing negative behaviors, improving performance, increasing self-acceptance, and self-esteem. However, if you missed that opportunity as I did with Brandon, don’t give up. We didn’t find out Brandon had Asperger’s until he was thirty-two years old. Early intervention is key, but I know firsthand it’s never too late to get help.

2) What do you wish someone would have told you about having a child with special needs?

 Don’t take it personally.
 It is not your fault.
 The sooner you give up resistance the sooner you can help your child.
 Trust yourself.
 If traditional treatment isn’t working look into alternatives.
 Doctors are not always right.
 Find a physician you like, and one who understands your situation.
 Acceptance comes only when you are ready.
 Be kind to yourself.
 Get as much help, assistance and support from people who care, as often as possible.
 Hold onto HOPE and never let it go.


3) What do you consider to be the most important milestone for a parent?

The most important milestones for me came when I was able to recognize and appreciate the small things Brandon was able to accomplish. Once I added them all together they were no longer small, they were grand. That is the beauty with our special needs kids they are all different and very special. Focus on what your child can do not on what he/she can’t do.

4) How did you reach that milestone?

I gave up trying to change my son, because I realized that I was the one who needed to change. I changed my perspective. I was then able to accept Brandon for exactly who he was. That shifted everything. I no longer tried to fix my son, because he wasn’t broken. I began to understand his thinking patterns, and his unique way of doing things, and I discovered what a beautiful person he was. I then gave up my expectations and Brandon began to develop and mature in ways I never thought possible. ACCEPTANCE is the answer.

5) How has having a Child with Asperger’s changed your point of view about the world?

I learned we don’t have to become victims. We are all individuals, and we are responsible for our own actions and wellbeing. We have many options and choices. I believe we have the ability to create our own happiness, and our own destiny. There are many ways to get to the top of the mountain. It is up to us, the parents, to help our special needs children carve out their own special path.

6) How can the community better help people with autism?

We need to educate our communities by helping them to be well informed. Information and knowledge can be powerful, and can help people to better understand our children and adults with autism and special needs. I hope and pray that one day we will be able to live in harmony and learn to appreciate, and even celebrate our differences.

7) What can we all do to reach that goal?

We can all be more conscious evolved human beings. Work on ourselves to be the best we can be. When we do that we are not only helping ourselves we are also helping our children, and all the people around us.








8) What made you write Raising Brandon?

I initially wrote Raising Brandon to help me work through my unwanted feelings, of sadness, anger, and disappointment. Writing was a great way to release my negative thoughts and feelings. It took nearly twelve years to write the book, because Brandon and I had to grow into the story and begin to live it. Once Brandon had twelve years of living independently under his belt I felt we had a story of great value and worth sharing. Raising Brandon is filled with answers and solutions I wished I had when Brandon was growing up.

9) How has "Raising Brandon" changed your life?

Raising Brandon has opened the doors for me to live my dream as a motivational speaker. I give presentations, workshops, seminars, and private consultations. I have met some of the most wonderful people, including parents, family members, health professionals, and educators. These people truly care and want to make this world a better place. I am proud to be included in this arena. I love helping others, and I love what I do.

As parents, we can never give up. We hold the key to our children’s future. My son, Brandon is living proof that anything is possible.

I encourage you to contact her so you can learn more about all she does!

AmaliaStarrSpeakerAutism.com website.
800-939-1046
Amaliastarr.Autisable.com
autismmomexpert twitter

The MSAAFinc would like to thank Amalia Starr for her time and love!







Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"Winter Wonderland” toy drive and annual Autism information fair!

“Winter Wonderland” toy and food drive and annual Autism Winter information fair!












Please feel free to bring any donations of food (non perishable items) and toys!

Thank YOU!!

" The MSAAFinc is a non- profit organization that offers a forum for families of children, teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.To find love and support!"

This is intended on being a day of education, empowerment and fun! Families have the opportunity of connecting with other parents affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

We are 100% volunteer-run and pay the bills through donations and paid services. Please email us for more information on how you can help!
MSAAFinc@gmail.com



Date: Monday, Dec 21 2009

Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

Location: Canoga Park CA

Cost: FREE - families are welcome

Contact: RSVP @ MSAAFinc@gmail.com

Attractions: Snacks, bouncy house!











Sponsored by BooksByTara DJs4Autism!

Sponsorship opportunities!! Please email MSAAFinc@gmail.com

Thank You!
MSAAFinc



Thursday, November 5, 2009

Current Events & News

Current Events & News

November is MSAAFinc month devoted to the transition from childhood to adulthood Amalia Starr, is our guest blogger for the month of November!
AmaliaStarrSpeakerAutism website.

Thanksgiving Basket Drive is off to a good start! We just may be able to help more people then we did last year!
Please feel free to join our drive!

What we are listening to:
"it's on with Zack" ItsOnWithZack A show about everything Autism!!


Books we are loving:
Raising Brandon by Amalia Starr AmaliaStarrSpeakerAutism website. A book I am finding hard to put down! Gives hope!!



Water by Tara BooksByTara website. I love this book. Will be enjoyed by people of all ages, and all ability levels!!



Saving Deets!: A Family's Journey with Autism
by Zack Gonzalez
Zack Gonzalez website.



Tools we are loving:
The Complete Guide to Functional Behavior Assessments by Daniel Adatto, MA, BCBA TotalBehaviorSolutions website. A guide that everyone that works/lives with ASD needs to have!

Coming up this month:
A Q&A with Amalia Starr AmaliaStarrSpeakerAutism
We are so lucky to have her!! Please go to her website and learn about all she does!

Winter Wonderland Toy Drive & Party More info to come!

Thank you!
The MSAAFinc




Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Parents and their Role of Transition by Amalia Starr

November is MSAAFinc month devoted to the transition from childhood to adulthood. When I think of transtion I think of Amalia Starr! And am extremely excited to welcome Amalia Starr, who has kindly agreed to be our guest blogger for the month of November.







Amalia Starr is a Mother, an Autism Family Consultant, Motivational Speaker & Author of Raising Brandon: Creating a Path to Independence for Your Adult “Kid” with Autism & Special Needs.







Parents and their Role of Transition

Who is dong the transitioning, the children or the parents? Ideally we would all be transitioning together along the way. How can we help our children grow and develop, if we aren’t growing and changing ourselves?

As we raise our children, especially, children with special needs we must be the best we can be. As parents, we lead the way and we hold the key to our children’s future. As we continue to transition, we become more evolved human beings in the process, and the healthier we are emotionally the more we have to give. The better we feel about ourselves the more we can help our children. When we parent this way the entire family wins.

My thirty-six year old son, Brandon has Asperger’s, untreatable epilepsy, and severe learning disorders. He has achieved what professionals believed to be impossible: he has been living on his own for the past twelve years, enjoying his independence.

Independence is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Although living alone may not be an option for every child, helping one’s child to live the best life possible is every parent’s dream.

Independence comes in all shapes and sizes. Our children are transitioning all the time. We may not notice it unless we stay focused on the small, tiny things our children can do. Try not to compare your children with others. Praise them for what they do. Focus on seeing the positive instead of the negative.

Find ways to take time out for yourself, and bring laughter and joy into your life. As parents, we set the tone within the family unit. We must get help, assistance, and support from people who care and understand our children. We don’t need to do this alone. There are people who truly want to help. Welcome them in, and allow them to assist and support you. The better you take care of yourself, the more you have to give, and help your children reach their full potential.

I encourage you to contact her so you can learn more about all she does!
AmaliaStarrSpeakerAutism website.
800-939-1046
Amaliastarr.Autisable
autismmomexpert twitter

The MSAAFinc would like to thank Amalia Starr for her time and love!
Please stay tuned for our Q&A with Amalia Starr coming up later this month!








Monday, November 2, 2009

THANKSGIVING BASKETS

Dear Frineds
PLEASE DONATE THANKSGIVING BASKETS





The entire community is encouraged to participate in the annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Please help make an area family’s Thanksgiving a little brighter by donating a meal, complete with a turkey and trimmings. ( and a Happy Thanksgiving note)

Last year, MSAAFinc donated more than 20 Baskets!!

This year’s goal is to provide at least 30 meals for Thanksgiving. Please encourage your office, department, group, club/organization, residence hall, Greek House, team, etc., to donate at least one basket this year for a local family in need.

A complete basket is made up of canned vegetables, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, juice, baked beans, canned fruit or applesauce, spaghetti sauce, pasta products, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, tuna, rice, and $15 to 20 for the turkey and pie in a small laundry basket.

The baskets can be dropped off in Canoga park at
Andy's Submarine Sandwich's
21311 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303

We will pick up!
If interested in becoming a drop off spot please let us know!!


For more information, please contact TheMSAAFinc no later than Monday, November 20, at
MSAAFinc@gmail.com

Thank You!
The MSAAFinc

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MSAAF Mission Awards

Dear Friends

Each year in conjunction with our Annual MSAAF Literary Awards we present awards to recognize and honour people, organizations, and corporations who share our mission to promote a community inclusion prism, through which every person realizes meaning and purpose in their lives.

As a non-profit organization, MSAAFinc is extremely grateful for financial support from the public and deeply appreciative of outstanding contributions of time, talent, effort, and service on behalf of children and adults with autism.

We will post all the winners in Dec!
If you have any nominations please let us know.

Thank you to all that have sent in nominations for our Literary Awards.


Tatiana Mendoza
CEO and Founder
The MSAAF Inc
MSAAFinc@gmail.com



Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Why me?" by Zack Gonzalez

Dear Friends
I would like to tell you about Zack Gonzalez our guest blogger during the month of October. If you have any questions for Zack Gonzalez, Author, Advocate ,Host of "it's on with Zack add a comment to this post.









Why me? This is the questions many teens or just siblings in general ask when they find out that their sister or brother has autism. Or a better question is, “what is autism?” Many times we are lost when we find out our siblings are autistic. We don’t know what it or why it is happening but really the answers are clear, we just need to open our eyes to them.
Autism does not have to be this monster that other people make it out to be; it is a hidden gift. Right away we think of it as bad but really we need to see that it is a gift right from God that He is giving us to use to change the world. So many times people search and devote their time to finding out what they are destined to do and here us sibling are with it practically given to us. We can change the world with autism. We can do so many different things. It teaches us discipline, patience, and maturity; three things we need to be successful. We can use it to become an advocate or we can use it to change the way we think. For me, I always had a negative take on things and when I stopped looking at the bad in autism, I started looking at the good in everything else. I saw the potential in my brother and it helped me to find my voice and helped me find out how to help my brother. It has also opened my eyes so much to see everything else around me and it helped me find out what needed to be done in order to make this world a better place for my brother. So I say, don’t look at the bad but at the good! Look it as a special gift and always remember to be there for your siblings. Accept them and help others accept them too. Always remember that it is a gift not a cure; you are not be punished!

Zack Gonzalez

Author of Saving Deets!: A Family's Journey with Autism

Host of "it's on with Zack" (blogtalkradio.com/itsonwithzack)

Advocate for Autism

Play Now for Autism Executive Chair

playnow4autism@gmail.com

Stay Connected with Zack. Follow on Twitter. Add on Myspace. Befriend on Facebook.
Zack Gonzalez website.

www.twitter.com/zackgonzalez

www.myspace.com/zackgonzalezofficialpage

www.facebook.com/officialzackgonzalez

Don't forget to buy a copy of Zack new book, Saving Deets! Available OCTOBER 2009

I would like to say thank you to Zack Gonzalez for such a great and informative post!

Thank you and Please tell us what you think!

The MSAAF

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Summer Time Fun

Dear Friends

Photos from our summer time party!
Thanks to everyone who came and had a good time!
We had so much fun with all our friends. We learned and brought awareness to Autism!!
And yeah we had cup cakes!







Getting ready for some fun!








Joel reading to the children!









Cup Cakes!!! ( we made at our pre party)









Giant cookie fun!









Jumping fun!

Thanks to all that came! Hope to see you next year will post more pics soon

The MSAAF
Thank YOU!!!!!
www.bearpitbbq.com
www.wellspring.com
www.In-n-out.com

Law Resources

Dear Friends
The Following Web sites will help you stay current with law eduation issues:

http://www.nichcy.org/reauth/PL108-446.pdf
http://www.nichcy.org/reauth/IDEA2004regulations.pdf
http://nichcy.org/idealist.htm
http://educationlawadvocates.com/supreme_Court_Cases.shtml
http://www.pattan.net/files/OSEP/CY2004/Parker01.pdf
http://idea.ed.gov/explore/home
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/504.html

Thank you and I hope you can use the information!

The MSAAFinc


NAMI SFV News

Dear Friends

I would like to tell you about what's going on In NAMI:

-We will have an excellent speaker, Dr. Ricardo Moncho, speak tonight, this Wednesday, at our speaker meeting. He is the head of the Psychiatric Mobile Response Team (PMRT) for our area. They are the teams of two social workers who go out to evaluate people with a mental illness in crisis.

Please come out. This is a service that it pays to understand how it works. It's the usual location, 14545 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys, 91405. It starts at 7 pm till before 9.-
http://www.namisanfernandovalley.org/membership.htm

Please go and learn!

Thank You
The MSAAFinc




Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Those who Write, Read, Make and Listen.

Dear Friends

Every Friday we will be bringing in those who write, read, make and listen.

I'm looking forward to bringing to you tomorrow's Future of Art, Music and Journalism.

We are interested in any suggest you may have please email DJs4Autism@gmail.com

Working on building meaningful partnerships with the community!

Thank you
The MSAAFinc




Volunteers needed to provide Autism Awareness Training for LAPD Officers

Dear Friends
I have some good news:
The Los Angeles Police Department &
the Autism Society of America—Los Angeles
announce a new

Autism Awareness Program

Volunteers needed to provide Autism Awareness
Training for LAPD Officers

For more info Please visit
http://www.asa-la.org/

Family to Family Education

Dear Friends
I wanted to let you know about:

Family to Family Education
Twelve-week course presented by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) This is a free course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. The course includes information about different disorders such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder and others, up-to-date information about medications and their side effects, research related to biology of brain disorders, gaining empathy by understanding the subjective, lived experience of a person with mental illness, and much more. Pre-registration required. To register or for more information, please call (661) 360-8002.
For more information about NAMI, visit www.namisanfernandovalley.org

Thank you,
The MSAAFinc

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Bonnie Z Yates seminar series

Dear Friends, Parents, Caregivers,Teachers, Special Education Administrators, Regional Center Representatives

I would like to tell you about,
An Evening with the Experts!

------On November 17, 2009, parents will have a unique opportunity to learn from three autism experts how they use their testing, observation and analysis to refute inappropriate District/Regional Center recommendations and establish the basis for a research based, intensive intervention.

This is a seminar and panel discussion about educational testing for children and adults with disabilities.

Although it has general applicability for all disabilities,
it is especially focused on autism. It will offer valuable information for parents, students, clinicians, educators and medical professionals.

Although not always well understood by the general public, assessment from a qualified expert is critical to obtaining intensive autism services.

A qualified neuropsychologist is uniquely capable of developing assessment evidence that can be used to persuade the school District to settle an educational dispute without the need for litigation.-------

http://bonnieyates.com/MeetTheExpertsNov17/

Please don't miss out! Tell your friends!

Love
The MSAAFinc

For more info please look at our "Events" on the right hand side of this blog
Make sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter!
Just email MSAAFinc@gmail.com with "Newsletter" on subject line







Saturday, October 17, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

Dear Friends

What to do this weekend?
Go see Where The Wild Things Are!
Sensory-friendly movie screening this weekend
A list and map of participating theatres is available at www.autism-society.org/sensoryfilms. There are 81 participating theatres nationwide.


Thank you
Tatiana Mendoza


CEO and founder
The MSAAF Inc

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Parterend up withDJ's 4 Autism

Dear Friends

We have parterend up with DJs 4 Autism! They throw events and donate all the funds to help families with autism. We hope that this will take us one more step closer TO HELP BUILD MEANINGFUL PARTNERSHIPS WITH FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITY!

Please show your love and Follow them on Twitter @DJs4Autism for up dates

If you would like to be in the street team or would like to help please email
DJs4Autism@gmail.com

Thank you
Tatiana Mendoza
CEO and Founder
The Mendoza Science and Arts Autism Foundation



Dine Out with Autism!

Dear Friends!

Dining out with Autism Awareness is a community-oriented restaurant offering families
impacted by autism the chance to feel more comfortable and enjoy dining out with other
families that understand their unique situation in a place that is accommodating to their needs. At no cost to the resturants!A packed restaurant on a typically slow night, Free publicity, and The chance to market to a new audience! The families will need some Accommodations (lower the music etc). We will get the word out! We offer free training to your staff! This night isn't just for families with autism. Other community members came and
increased their understanding of the impact autism has on so many families today. We work with more then 50 families In the San Fernando Valley. You give us a day that you all feel happy with. And we will work with that. Any restaurant in the SFV!

If you are a restaurant and would like to help please
Email MSAAFinc@gmail.com

If you are a family that would like us to talk to a restaurant let us know!!

Thank you,
Tatiana Mendoza
CEO and Founder
MSAAFinc


Literary Awards!!

Dear Friends!

I am happy to tell you about our Annual Literary Awards! Good luck! Please email with any ? You may have!
Thank You

Tatiana Mendoza
CEO and Founder
The MSAAF Inc
MSAAFinc@gmail.com


1 Each nomination must include at least 2 copies (REQUIRED) of the following materials. ALL ITEMS REQUESTED ARE REQUIRED:

A cover page with the name of the nominee, address, day phone number, e-mail address, and the award for which they are being nominated
An essay (500 words maximum) making the nomination, stating a) why the nominee deserves this award and b) the nominee’s significant contribution to autism.
must include 2 copies of the work being nominated please sign your materials (e.g., the book, poem, video, compact disk or DVD).
All award submissions, including all materials (books, videos, etc.), will not be returned.

2. Please clearly label on each item submitted the name of the person being nominated and the award category.

3. The Mendoza Science and Arts Autism Foundation Inc Awards Committee evaluates all nominations and selects winners that are appropriate for each category.

A winner is not necessarily chosen from all categories. All winners will be notified no later than Dec 30, 2009, and will be recognized in MSAAF news letter, And all media put out by The MSAAF Inc.

Email MSAAFinc@gmail.com - Annual Literary Awards

All materials must be postmarked by Nov 30 2009, and received no later than Dec 20 , 2009. The MSAAF will not be responsible for late, damaged, misdirected or misaddressed mail.

2009 Mendoza Science and Arts Autism Foundation Inc Award Categories

Autism Pride Literary Work of the year
By anyone who has Autism/ASD Any item released, published, or copyrighted within the last 2 years that has made a significant contribution to the pride of the autism community is eligible.


Excellence in media Award Video, Print or News
Any item released, published, or copyrighted within the last year that has made a significant contribution to the autism community is eligible.

Literary Work of the Year
Family/Social Division (book, poem, essay, etc.)
Any item published or copyrighted within the last 2 years

Love to Learn Literary Work of the Year
Educational Division (book, poem, essay, etc.)
Any item published or copyrighted within the last 2 years

Young Heroes Literary Work of the Year
Young Adults Division 15-21yrs (book, poem, essay, etc.) Any item published or Copyrighted

Thank you and Good Luck!!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Community Resource Directory

Hello,
Hope that you all are having a nice long weekend!
I have found a great resource for families of infants, youth and young adults with special needs in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys!!
Thank you and hope that you find it useful!
Let me know of other useful links and I will post them up!

Love The MSAAF inc

Thanks to CSUN
www.csunfamilyfocus.com/resourcedirectory2005.pdf.com

Thursday, September 3, 2009

"The condition of autism has a lot to teach us all." Tara McClintick

I had the privilege of interviewing an author, poet, teacher,loving wife, mother and outstanding resource for parents,teachers, and the community. Her name is Tara McClintick and I encourage you to visit The Books by Tara website. She took time from her day to answer questions, including our question of the week,
"What do you think is the #1 problem facing the Autism Spectrum Disorders community?" I will post the results of our poll next week, so please vote.

So it's my pleasure to introduce to you Tara McClintick!

MSAAF- What do you think is the #1 problem facing the ASD community?

Tara- One lack of good resources- trained people, finances to afford the programs that there are, and knowledgeable health providers, etc. By "Good" I mean qualified and effective.

MSAAF- And what do you think the community as a whole can do to help?

Tara- There are many ways the community as a whole can help if they are more aware of the issues...I'll list a few.

MASSF- Thank you!

Tara- One: Realize we are all in this together. 1 in 100 kids, these kids are the future. The condition of autism has a lot to teach us all. Two: Educate themselves through books and talking to families living with autism. No excuse with the Internet, we're everywhere now. Mainstream media is shaped by the funding. We have to start thinking of people and health.
Read, learn like we parents are doing. Besides, autism is in good company. The "incurable"
conditions abound, it's a matter of daily choices and taking responsibility!

MSAAF- We need to find ways to share our aspirations, ambitions, and goals for our loved ones with ASD...with our community.

Tara- Because kids with autism can be helped, but they require an enormous amount of support. We all can pay now or later...If we don't support the kids' develpment, and they are dependent their whole lives, that's a lot of kids society will be supporting. Three: Reach out any way they are comfortable. [Spend] time with kids, financially, politically...ask families what they need.

MSAAF- What we all get by means of TV, we should use like a hand in the dark; with a bit of light we should drop the hand. That's why I started The MSAAF Inc, to find help for people, by people who have been there.

Tara- I agree... Thank You! What about you, are you finding the same obstacles across the
country from me? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

MSAAF- Yes, we are. I have talked to people who don't have a loved one with autism. [They] tell me about a false sense of involvement that they get from some companies...they don't feel it's real (autism), they don't feel like our loved ones are real...It's sad.

Tara- You have my full support, shoot your ideas at me any time. I'll do my best to help. Our kids have things to say to the world.

MSAAF- Thank you for your support. I don't know what would be best, I don't think we will know till we try! But I do know that we will never stop looking! We need to keep hope in our minds and love in our souls.

Tara- Definitely , I am all about trying. Trying is more important than succeeding; because if we don't try, we won't succeed!

Thank you so much for doing this interview for The MSAAF Inc.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

You gave the gift of community Thank You!

Hello,
I just wanted to say thank you to all our sponsors on behalf of The MSAAF families who participated in our first ever Summer Time PoGo party! With your help it became a big success. You helped families have a sense of community. Thank you!
Well springs www.wellsprings.com
Bear Pit BBQ Resturant www.bearpitbbq.com
1(818) 365-2509
10825 sepulveda blvd Mission hills CA 91345
In-n-out www.In-n-out.com

Please let them know how much they mean to us!