It goes without say that there is no amount of behavioral therapy that can help an individual with ASD or other neurodiverse conditions cope with the trauma of a war. It is simply unthinkable and tragic. As each of us proceed with our daily ups and downs, let’s keep in mind those who are being directly impacted by the violence being waged against Ukraine, and hope for peace. We stand in solidarity with Ukraine.
PARENTING THOUGHTS FROM FLOREO'S LEAD SELF ADVOCATE
Sam Farmer is an autism spectrum community self-advocate, writer/author, public speaker and consultant for Floreo. A Long Walk Down a Winding Road - Small Steps, Challenges, & Triumphs Through an Autistic Lens is his first book.
Sam is a regular contributor to many publications, including The Hill, and recently penned tips to autistic parents from his perspective as an autistic parent.
"What an interesting journey this has been, and it has only just begun, some 14 years ago, that is. Interesting, in part, because I became a father not yet knowing that I was autistic, and once I found out, my perspective on fatherhood changed rather dramatically. The diagnosis raised several questions and concerns. Will I be able to handle the responsibilities of parenthood going forward? How will my newly discovered autism profile affect my son? How will my son's growth trajectory affect me? Will I be able to live up to society's expectations around being a good father and husband, considering that these expectations stem from an essentially neurotypical point of view?"
VIRTUAL AND LIVE EVENTS
See Floreo and meet members of our team at the APBA Conference in New Orleans March 17-19. We would love to hear from you if you are attending either conference and would like to set up time to meet!
FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SCHOOLS
Attention Schools and Districts in Texas: All Texas local education agencies are eligible to apply for grant funding to increase their capacity to implement innovative programs that effectively serve students with autism ages three through 21. It is a great time to implement Floreo in your district, school, or regional center with the help of this grant! Let us know how we can help support your efforts to secure funding through this grant.
Educators in other states: Our friends at RobotLab compiled a great list of grant opportunities to help you to creatively fund a Floreo subscription. You can use their helpful tool to search for grants by state. As always, if we can help you with wording for a grant opportunity you have identified, please let us know!
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR MEDICAID-BASED SOLUTIONS?
Attention New York families and organizations: Floreo is an approved CFS Vendor for the OPWDD Self Directed Services Waiver. Our service provides training to increase independence, health and safety and promote opportunities to build community living and independence skills. If you are interested in using your OPWDD benefits to fund your Floreo subscription, please email us at email@example.com.
If you are located in Maryland, Wisconsin, or Washington DC, please reach out to us about other Medicaid-based Floreo solutions in your area.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS WITH SAM FARMER
Author, Floreo advisor and our Lead Self Advocate, Sam Farmer, announced a series of six virtual presentations which "are geared towards providing ideas and insights as to how autistic and neurodiverse individuals may be able to carve out better lives for themselves." Hosted by the Northeast Arc in MA, we hope you are able to join for one or more event!
An Autistic Perspective as a Son (3/23 from 6:30-8:00 ET)
This workshop will discuss all of the things my parents did right while raising me and how their parental decisions ended up positioning me for future happiness and success. Register here.
Research study opportunity
FROM OUR PARTNERS AT CHOP
Our partners at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are recruiting participants for a compensated survey about autism and police. Please consider participating or sharing with others who might be interested!
What have we been reading this week?
- "Dear parents: Don’t just tell your kids not to ‘stare’ at mine"
- Amy Schumer on possibility of son being diagnosed with autism: ‘I’m not hoping either way’
- As the pandemic wanes, will autism diagnoses rise in its wake?
- New program helps adults with intellectual challenges after aging out of public education system
- What to know if you’re on the spectrum and have seizures
- What to do when your insurance denies a claim