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Ready New York: My Emergency Plan (before the power goes out!)

Ready New York: My Emergency Plan is a workbook designed to help New Yorkers – especially those with special needs – create an emergency plan. My Emergency Plan walks users through establishing a support network, capturing important health information, evacuation planning, and gathering emergency supplies. First responders or caregivers can also use the workbook to help people with special needs during an emergency.

Click the link above to access My Emergency Plan (in PDF) in seven languages. Fill in the fields in the workbook and save it or print it. Store it in a safe, accessible place such as your Go Bag.

Another Inspirational Special Needs Dad (as seen on Oprah)

Happy Father’s Day!

Click here to watch a clip about an amazing special needs dad, as seen on Oprah. His moving poem “Instead” is included in the video.

You can find out more about Hogan Hilling by clicking here.

Start Your Week Off Right – Here’s A Free Smile!

If you were not fortunate enough to attend the DMF Spring concert today, I have a special treat for you this evening. My husband has been out of town for the last few days and by the end of this third day I was in need of a little pick-me-up (and pregnant, stiff drinks are not an option). When this video arrived in my inbox it was like a little pat on the back directly from God, telling me, the weekend couldn’t have been as hard as you thought – look at this!

I know it was a gorgeous day today, and I hate spending days like this indoors as much as the next person. But there was a lot of beauty to behold inside The Dalton School too, and I don’t feel that a minute of my inside time was wasted (except for all of the minutes I spent wrestling my 19 month old in and out of the auditorium).

CLICK HERE to watch a short clip from today’s concert on youtube. James is in the back left in a striped shirt, jamming along with the best of them (3 years ago he was crying his way through these things, so watching him rock out is miracle alone). But equally uplifting and touching to me is the genuine enthusiasm and support pouring from the audience. I’ve said it before, but I can’t repeat enough how amazing and inspiring these events are. It’s hard not to leave them feeling like you were right next to the sun, no matter what the weather outside.

Congrats to the Trush family, DMF members, teachers and volunteers for another successful performance!

My Own Collection Of Summer Events, Extracurricular Activities and Camps in the NYC Area for Children With (any) Special Needs 2012

If you’re looking for a little light reading this weekend, CLICK HERE to open the main document that was handed out at this morning’s meeting. Though growing bigger every year, this labor of love still offers a manageable bite of some of the best programs out there this summer. It’s a pretty awesome resource, even if I do say so myself 🙂

Thanks to all who made it out this morning! It was really lovely to see and meet so many new faces, and I hope to see you again at one of the social group meetups this summer (if you missed the meeting, keep an eye out for more info on the free social group that meets over the summer, entering its fourth year and continuing to grow).

A Thank You Video Tribute For Special Needs Moms

It might just be my pregnancy hormones, but make sure you have a tissue handy for this touching video.

Click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFtK0ap95Qo to watch “A Tribute To Special Needs Moms” now. It runs about 4 minutes but will make you feel good about yourself for much longer than that.

Life With Autism: Share Your Story on April 2nd

CNN iReport is doing a special project on April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day. They want to see how autism impacts your life and what makes people with autism unique.

If you or a family member has autism and want to participate, all you’ll need is a video camera.

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Here’s what to do (click here for more details):

On Monday, record a 30-second video.  If you are not the person with autism, try to record your video with that person next to you or somewhere in the frame.

1. Introduce yourself and explain your connection to autism. (Examples: “My name is Jane Smith and I have Autism,” or “My name is John Smith and my two sons are on the Autism spectrum.”)

2. Pick one thing you want the world to know about autism.

3. Then tell us: What’s one positive aspect of living with autism?

Please keep your video to 30 seconds or less.  Your responses may be featured on CNN. Click the link above to add your story now.


For Special Needs Fathers (And Anyone Who Wants To Be Inspired)

Click the link below for a hope-filled and uplifting way to start off your week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=9xwCG0Ey2Mg