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Great Advertising Opportunity: DMF Journal Ads!

From the Trush Family:

To our friends,

We hope that you are doing well! We want to thank you and express our gratitude for being part of the DMF community! Our community is growing in so many ways, but most importantly, in the number of members we serve and in the programs that we offer. This spring we are now providing 45 classes to over 250 members through our On-Site and Off-Site Programs!

Consistent with prior years, we will be continuing our Journal Ads. However, starting this semester, they will only be created once per year in the spring (rather than twice) and will then be distributed at both the Spring and Holiday Music Celebrations.

We hope that you will consider purchasing an ad to help support DMF. The ads range from a 3-line Shout Out for $50 up to a full-page ad for $1,000 ($1,500 if you would like the ad designed by Eastwest Marketing Group). We appreciate your consideration and look forward to seeing you soon.

Please click here to find more information on how you might participate in the Spring Journal.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly. Thanks again.

Warm regards,

Daniel, Ken, Nancy and Mike

Daniel’s Music Foundation
DMF Blog –
(212) 289-8912


New Parents Expo – Fun For All Families! October 15-16, 2011

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Even though this isn’t specifically geared toward special needs families, I am looking forward to the New Parents Expo taking place October 15 and 16 at Pier 92. This event for expectant and new parents in the New York/Tri-State area is expected to attract 5,000 families over the course of the weekend.

Between its array of products, services and expert help, plus speakers like Dr. Harvey Karp, Dr. Sears and Liz Lange, the New Parents Expo will cover everything from pregnancy to preschool. When I emailed to inquire about the event, I was told that “none of the vendors/exhibitors that will be present deal exclusively with special needs, but many of them surely make products that would be useful to parents who have children with disabilities. Over 80 exhibitors will be in attendance, and one of the main reasons we are hosting this event is so parents can talk with reps from these companies to get advice and share their thoughts–you could raise this exact question and find out which brands really care about special needs products.”

There are too many exhibitors for me to list here, but if you visit there are full lists of sponsors, vendors, and speakers (some big names in the lineup, check it out!)

As a special bonus for Foorce readers, to redeem a 20% discount on admission please use code FONPE when checking out online.

Since I have babies, toddlers and special needs children this is definitely worth a look for me. Of course, there is always the issue of childcare – sometimes bringing the kids to these things is a huge hassle. But when I emailed to ask about bringing kids, I was told that “parents can choose for themselves to bring their kids or find a sitter, but we’re designing the show to be as kid-friendly as possible. The Big Apple Circus will be there with face paint, balloons, and other fun stuff, and one of our exhibitors, Tegu, will have a whole play area set up with toys for little ones. Strollers are more than welcome, and there will even be a “pit stop” area where a team will fix broken parts and steam clean them! There will also be a relaxation area for parents to sip a cool drink and rest their feet.”

Sounds good to me! But, alas, not for James. Key words being “circus” and “balloons.” So I will be there, babies in tow, while James has a nice day out with grandma. Hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it you know I will be back with the scoop (eventually, some night at 3am).

Best Buddies New York

Just added this great link to the Websites and Resources page. Keep an eye out for more information about the inspirational program soon!

Opportunity For Parents Of Autistic Children To Be Featured In A Documentary

I received an email yesterday that I thought I would pass along. Parents are currently being invited to be interviewed for a documentary about autism. Part of the announcement is copied below, along with a link containing more details:

The main focus of the documentary is to learn about the issues created for parents and families as a result of caring for a child with autism. We invite all parents of any child with autism to participate, regardless of where the child is on the spectrum (ex, low or high functioning).  It is a requirement that fathers be a part of the interview. Parents do not necessarily have to be together, although we are interested in having both parents participate. All replies are strictly confidential.

The following groups of parents will be examined in this documentary:
1)      Group 1 = Parents, 27 years old and younger, who have just
recently diagnosed that their child is on the autism spectrum.
2)      Group 2 = Older parents, 28 years and older, with a young child
recently diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
3)      Group 3 = Parents of a child with autism currently at the age of
4)      Group 4 = Parents of adults with autism – whether raised at
home or in a residential facility or institution
5)      Group 5 = Parents of any age of undiagnosed children with a
strong suspicion that the child is on the spectrum
6)      Parents of any age of multiple children on the spectrum,
regardless of age

Click here for more information about the documentary. Please have any parent interested contact Alexandra Meis, the Autism Treatment & Advocacy Center Coordinator at or


Summer Job Opportunity – part-time flexible hours

Here’s a little sneak peek into some of my summer plans:

We are looking for someone to spend 2 days per week, approximately 3 hours per visit, with James this summer – July and August. His main diagnoses are PDD-NOS, ADD and global developmental delays. James is fairly high functioning, eager to please and has a sweet personality – make sure you ignore any posts I write complaining about him and focus on my Do You Have A Top Ten post!

We prefer someone young, patient and energetic who has prior experience working with special needs children. College students with any related experience (PT, OT or Speech) a plus, though extremely mature high school students will be considered as well. One day per week needs to be Wednesdays from 11:30-2:30, the other day is negotiable/flexible.

We would like this person to work part of the time on academic skills through engaging activities (think math games), and the other part spent outside focusing on physical activity and fitness. One of our goals this summer is for James to learn how to ride a bike, and boy would I love help with this!

There is the potential for extra hours to babysit all of my children some evenings or weekends if that appeals to you in any way. We live on the UWS in the low 100s, with easy access to the subway. We would like to have any possible sitters over for a little introduction (coffee, lunch, dinner, milk and cookies) prior to starting to make sure it is a good fit for both child and sitter. Interview sounds way too formal. And, if you can’t get through the first meeting don’t call us, we’ll call you.

Seriously though, if you are interested in working with James this summer please send me an email with a little info about yourself and your going rate. Or, if you have someone you’d like to recommend please send their name and info to or better yet, forward them this post.

Amazing advertising opportunity in the DMF Spring Journal – deadline approaching!

I wanted to post this great advertising opportunity for NYC services and businesses, not to mention friends and family of DMF members! As someone who goes to every concert, I can attest that DMF concerts are always packed with people They also hand out copies of the journal all over the city year round. My son James is a DMF member and we plan to send a “shout out” this year (Grandmas and Grandpas you could send a shout out to James too, hint hint ).

If you’re still on the fence, click here to learn more about DMF.  Below is an email from the Trush family as well as a downloadable advertisement form:

To our friends,

We hope that you are doing well!  We want to thank you and express our gratitude for being part of the DMF community!  Our community is growing in so many ways, but most importantly, in the number of members we serve and in the programs that we offer. We now provide 26 classes to over 150 members!

Our semi-annual Music Celebration journal ads have been a great success thus far since we started it last spring.  Our hope is that the journal will continue to grow and we will be able to defray some of the costs of our Music Celebration and raise additional funds for our programs. This semester our Music Celebration will be on Sunday, May 22nd at 1:00PM and 4:00PM and the theme is “Broadway Songs.”

We would greatly appreciate if you would consider purchasing an ad to help support DMF. The ads run from a 3-line Shout Out for $25 to a full-page ad for $500 ($1,000 if you would like the ad designed by Eastwest Marketing Group).  We appreciate your consideration and look forward to seeing you soon (hopefully at one of the 2 shows on May 22nd!).

If you have any questions or would like to see a sample from the Holiday Journal, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks again.

Warm regards,

Daniel, Ken, Nancy and Mike

Thanks for considering this mutually beneficial opportunity! DMF is truly one of the great causes here in the city, and I think it is a privilege to be associated with them. Click to download the Spring Ad form here.

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