Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fathers Needed for Research Study on Playing with Their Sons with #Autism

     Jason contacted me with information on this study a few weeks back. Unfortunately, at that time I was studying for my college finals. I am just now sharing this with you. If you are, or someone you know might be interested, in participating in this study, please contact Jason Bloom either through the email address or the phone number listed below. 
     Have a great Memorial Day weekend!                                                                                                         Lorrie


Monday, April 27, 2015

YOU Will Want to Check Out this Special Guest Post by Alan Stokes @AutismLight and #Share with Families in the #Autism Community!

I am privileged to introduce a friend I recently met on Twitter. Welcome our Guest Writer, Alan Stokes, the Founder and Author of Autism Light. Please share his guest post with someone you know!

About Autism Light...

On June 21, 2011, I started the Autism Light blog. I had been looking online for hope and light for being a better autism father to my then six year old son Jonathan. I stumbled across the story of Carly Fleischmann having a breakthrough in communication and wanted to preserve the details, links, and inspiration that I found so I could reference it later. So my first post was on Carly Fleischmann and she was Autism Light #1. 400 posts later I still use that same style of giving each Autism Light the next consecutive number and introducing each new post with that number.

My goal for my blog is to continue to build a relevant collection of content about autism from diverse voices in the world. As the number of posts on my blog continues to increase I am working on updating some of the biographical details in older ones and creating more index pages by geography and themes that make it easier for people to find older posts in multiple ways. We are nearing half a million page views on the blog.

I have been asked how I select and find subjects to write about at Autism Light. I am constantly reading and researching things about autism on the Internet and when a story touches my heart I try to work it in to my blog in the future. I attempt to give consideration for building diversity in the overall collection and also spotlight themes for holidays when possible, such as my Martin Luther King, Jr. Day series.  

I think the autism community is blessed like none other to have such a diverse and vibrant source of heroes who really care about autism and are giving of part of their heart and soul to shine a light for autism. Our differences do not have to divide us. Although none of us experences the Autism Spectrum in the same exact way, as we look at the wisdom, experiences, and passions of others we can find a ray of Autism Light for our journey.

The Reason I Blog...

I wanted to take this opportunity to share four reasons I think more people should have an autism blog.

1.          It’s Free: There are free platforms such a Blogger that can host one's blog and the promotion can be done through free social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

2.         It Can Help Others: When the content of a blog is placed on the internet it can be used to inspire and give hope to people from around the world. People who come to autism with their unique needs and who nevertheless will usually remain anonymous. 

3.         It Helps One Learn About Autism: It really is true that one of the best ways to learn about a subject is to write about it. If you want to become more knowledgeable about autism I can think of no better way than to write a blog.

4.         It Helps One Put Their Situation into Perspective: When one interacts with the autism world at a level necssary to create content for a blog, it becomes clear that every family is fighting their own battles. No matter what the situation is that one is facing, someone else has it a little harder. Other has been there and done that and survived.

I wholeheartedly recommend autism blogging. Feel free to contact me if you have recommendations for content on one of my blogs or would like to collaborate on something constructive related to autism awareness and acceptance.

About Me:
















Alan Stokes is an autism father from the Lansing, Michigan area who started the Autism Light blog in June, 2011 The blog spotlights diverse autism organizations, resources, human interest stories, celebrities, people with autism, and parents shining a light for autism from anywhere in the world. He also maintains the Autism Rest, Autism Shares, Autism Sites, and Autism Quotes blogs. You can email him at AutismLight@gmail.com. Also, be sure and follow him on Twitter @AutismLight where links to any new blog posts are shared immediately.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bring Your Vehicles to the Car Wash this Saturday, April 4th to Support the OKC Webster TSA so That Their Team Can Attend the TSA State Conference!

Help support the OKC Webster TSA Students as they are fundraising to be able to go to the fast-approaching TSA State Conference! TSA stands for Technology Student Association. This semester, each of the students enrolled in Technology Engineering classes have been attending and competing in mini-conferences across the state, and they have been building personal and team skills such as Leadership, Communication and Technology. These wonderful students are our future!

Our OKC Webster TSA Chapter will be having another Car Wash this coming Saturday, April 4th from 9:30am-2:00pm in the parking lot of the Advance Auto Parts, on the southside of SW 29th Street, between Linn and Villa, to raise $$$$$ to be able to send our students to the fast-approaching TSA State Conference!! PLEASE support our OKC Webster TSA Chapter and their Leader, Mr. Lowery by bringing YOUR vehicles by for our hardworking students, and the rest of us, to wash!!!! We would appreciate it if you would ‪#‎share‬ this event with family, friends, neighbors and anyone else you know!

If you can't make it to the TSA Car Wash, please consider making a donation towards their efforts so they can attend the upcoming TSA State Conference April 7-9th!! Please email me directly at Lorrie@AutismOklahoma.org so that I can make arrangements to get it to Mr. Lowery before the students go to the TSA State Conference. Thank YOU for your support!!! And if YOU happen to be a past, present or future TSA student, we look forward to connecting with you!!! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

We Would Like to Invite YOU to JOIN US for the Upcoming AutismOKC Community Resource Fair hosted by OKCPS Capitol Hill High School!

 and      

Invite YOU to the


Saturday, April 25, 2015
1:00pm – 3:00pm
at
Capitol Hill High School
500 SW Grand Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73109

The Community Resource Fair is a great opportunity for individuals, 
families, caregivers, educators and service professionals to learn 
about the resources which are available in the surrounding community. 
If you will need childcare during the event so that you can check out 
the resources., please email the name and age of each child to 
Lorrie@AutismOklahoma.org by Monday, April 20th so that we can 
send you childcare form to return to us 
which will complete your registration request for childcare.

This is a FREE EVENT featuring resources from within the 
surrounding community that will offer information which will 
benefit families of individuals with autism spectrum 
disorders and/or other special needs. If you know of a family 
or individual who might be interested in attending the AutismOKC 
Community Resource Fair, please #share this information with 
them either by email, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media 
outlet. Thank you and we look forward to seeing YOU 
at the AutismOKC Community Resource Fair!!

Please Make a Donation of ANY SIZE and #Share so the #OKCWebster #TSA Students Can Attend The Upcoming #TSA State Conference on April 7-9, 2015

If you are not familiar with what TSA is, it stands for Technology Student Association and the team of students which are enrolled in Technology Engineering classes. Our middle school's TSA team attends and competes in approximately 30 different events related to Leadership, Communications and Technology. 

These students have attended 3 mini-conference this year and now need the funding in order for them to register, attend and compete at the upcoming TSA State Conference. There are about 14 students which have qualified to go to the TSA State Conference. To qualify, each of these students had to give up 3 Saturdays to attend mini-conferences and compete in their respective events. Our school's TSA team has received numerous trophies and awards at these mini-conferences. In fact, a young lady on our TSA team is a TSA Western Region officer, and the first for our middle school!

The TSA State Conference is April 7-9 and will be at the Reed Center in Midwest City like last year. If WE ARE GOING TO HELP these students attend this event, which they have been working towards, the TIME IS NOW!! Visit the fundraiser for the OKC WEBSTER TSA team HERE and help MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I'm Looking for "a Few Good Writers" Who Would Be Willing to #Share a Post with @NathansVoice for April in Support of #Autism Awareness Month!

Dear Reader,

You might be visiting my autism resource blog for the the first time, or possibly haven't visited in a while. If you are a parent, a caregiver or a grandparent of a child with autism spectrum disorders, I would be most honored to offer you the opportunity to share your story in a Guest Article on Nathan's Voice in April to support Autism Awareness Month! I wish that had more time to write and post on my autism resource blog but, I'm working full-time in the self-contained autism classroom at a local middle school, the leader of the AutismOKC parent support group, and taking care of my special needs family while completing a college course each semester towards finishing my associate's degree at a local junior college and eventually acquire my teaching certification in Special Education. 

There is no obligation and no deadline's when sharing through my autism resource blog. I know how busy life can be and there's enough of that in our already overwhelmed schedules! When your ready, just email me what you want to share in an attached Word document, along with any photos (credits, if borrowed), links and the instruction for the placement of each, at Lorrie@AutismOklahoma.org. I don't make changes to anything without contacting the Guest Writer first. I hope that I have covered everything but, I am always glad to answer any question, at any time. The only thing is that it might take me a few hours to get back to you, if I'm in the classroom, taking a college exam, assisting my own son whom has high-functioning autism or his older brother whom has adhd with a school-related project. I will respond as soon as I possibly can. Thank you for your understanding and patience!

If you haven't had the opportunity to check out Nathan's Voice before now, please time time to look around and see what we have been up to. Please take all the time you need to make a decision but, kindly remember that April is right around the corner! Whether you "Light It Up Blue", make goody bags to hand-out to service providers, or wear your favorite t-shirt in support of Autism Awareness Month, we would like YOU to share with us in the month of April!! I appreciate your time and I look forward to hearing from you when you are able to respond! 

Lorrie

Monday, February 16, 2015

Guest Post by Mary Goodman: Sharing about Being a Female on the Spectrum and Helping Foster Understanding and Empathy for All


It is with great pleasure that I introduce our next guest writer, Mary Goodman. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have met Mary through Twitter and she has graciously agreed to share an excerpt from her original article with us on Nathan's Voice. Please give her a warm welcome and I encourage you to leave her a comment at the end of her post!



"My parents sent me to a therapist when I was in second grade because I was not forming relationships at a “peer normative” level, in addition to being diagnosed as having learning disabilities. I was not informed of why I was seeing this therapist, or why I was being given a pill every morning and afternoon. This pattern became pretty routine in my life: get taken out of school at some point during the day, once a week, for a few hours, go talk to some person, get taken back to school. I can’t say I was complaining about these arrangements. The person often had board games, and the social situation at school was unpleasant so I was happy enough to go without question. Such visits became a normal fixture in my life."

To read Mary's article in its entirety, you can find it here. You may also follow her on Twitter @juineve to share her stories with people so that they feel less alone in their journey. Thank you for your support!