A blog about resources for autism and care and treatment.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

VOTE for ACT Today!

ACT Today! needs your help...

We entered a project in the Give for Youth Challenge and now we need your vote. Only the top 20 projects with the most votes will get the chance to have their projects funded – and matched by Microsoft (up to $100,000 across all organizations).

Please take a second to cast your vote (by March 1st, at noon!), and please spread the word to anyone in your network.

The more votes we get, the better our chances to get this project off the ground! We need funding for this program to continue to offer it this summer (June 2013). Please take a minute to vote.

Instructions to vote:
1. Visit our project page at http://giveforyouth.maker.good.is/projects/autismfilmprogram
2. Click “Vote for this idea” to vote for me!
3. Log in with your GOOD account. (Or if you don’t have one, all you need is an email address or a Facebook account to register. You will be emailed a link that you need to click to verify your address.)
4. Once you've voted, you’ll see a notification at the top of the screen verifying your vote has been counted.

Cross your fingers - we'll find out on March 7th if we are in the top 20!

Here’s a quick description of our project: And Action! Providing Adolescents 
with Autism a Filmmaking Experience

ACT Today!’s Film Program is a 2 week program led by Inclusion Films in which 38-50 participants with autism, and up to 12 siblings, will make a 35-minute film. Participants will be introduced to many trades: animation, set design, script-writing, acting, prop/set building, wardrobe, make-up, budgeting and other tasks necessary for a film. They will learn the marketable skills of filmmaking, each leaving with a film credit, and an addition to their resume. For many, this will be their first experience of job training. Participants will reap rewards when the film is premiered at a red carpet event at the San Diego Film Festival, helping to shatter the misperceptions about the capacities of those with ASD.

So you can see why we’re so excited (and you should be too)!

This is a pretty amazing opportunity.

We hope you’ll help out.

Thanks for your vote!

ACT Today!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Are You Missing the Big Picture?

By Susan Campbell Cross
Lifestyle Editor, Shape Magazine
Autism Advocate

A few years back, I did a community theater musical for charity. As I was putting on my makeup, I began to fixate on a zit that had decided to make its own debut performance. Then one of my cast mates, older and wiser than I, grabbed me by the arm and pulled me five paces back. “Nobody else is even going to notice it,” she told me.

And she was right. In fact, from that distance, I could barely see it myself. What I did see was a confident woman in costume and ready to go on stage. And so I did.

Click here to read the entire article. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Poem for Moms of Non-verbal Persons

Cyndi Burns is the mom of Alex Burns, an ACT Today! grant recipient. Alex has a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and autism, She sent us this poem for Moms of non-verbal persons on Valentine's Day. It is a testament to the unconditional love of a mother for a child with a disablity. Cyndi, I think you are heroic for being such an amazing mother to Alex.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem!
In Gratitude, Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson

My Heart breaks a little each day,
For the words you try but cannot say.
With PECS there is hope
of communication to be,
... Because your thoughts really
do matter to me.
My Heart breaks a little
each day,
For the words I long to
hear you say.
"I love you mom for showing
me a choice,
"I love you mom for giving
me a voice".
I know mom your heart breaks
each day,
For the words you long
to hear me say.
"I love you mom is what I
would say,
And thank you on this Valentines Day
By Cyndi Burns

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Be a Kid ACTivist

Your child's photo can help a child with autism!

What to expect and what is included in 
The Fearless Kid ACTivist Portrait Session

  • The photography session by renowned photographer Mary Ann Halpin will be about 45 minutes in length
  • A signed 8x10 gift portrait included in the session. Additional portrait print sizes will be available for purchase. Price list is available upon request.
  • A viewing/ordering session will take place immediately after the photo shoot. This will be your time to choose your portraits. This will take an extra half hour. Please allow the time.
  • Each Kid ACTivist in a photographic collage will be featured in Westlake Magazine in the May/June issue.
  • Each kid ACTivist featured in the photographic collage will appear on the Reuters billboard in Times Square, NYC, and will appear simultaneously in the Fashion Show Mall on the Strip in Las Vegas and receive a digital file of the billboard to share with friends and family online. (Date TBA)
  • Each kid ACTivist will be featured on the ACT today website and get an award certificate. 
  • Each Kid ACTivist will be eligible to be in the Kid ACTivist Calendar for 2014.