Saturday, March 13, 2010

Blogging for autism awareness and funds

OK. I'm very early this year to ask your attention for autism awareness month,
but I'm already busy with the preparations.

We'll launch a new site in two languages: english and dutch.

It'll contain trustworthy information about scientific research, bookreviews, news, personal accounts, critical columns and ofcourse tips and other information.
It'll grow in time. so we're making a site which is not static.

In the meantime we're dealing with the regular activities, which won't stop ofcourse.

During autism awareness month we'll be raising funds.

Depending on the amount of money we're able to collect this year it'll go to an autism foundation, or will be spend to enable autistic young people to participate in activities which they won't otherwise be able to attend or to do.

At the moment we have a request for a good photocamera for a young person who needs it for his studies photography and to make a living.

Ofcourse I dream big.

My dream is to buy a house where special facilities will be brought together.
  1. Information,
    • special hours where people can walk in to ask their questions
    • a library
    • groups to educate families
    • someone who educates schools and gives individual advice to teachers and schools
  2. Consultation and therapy
    • a psychiatrist for medication control near the home
    • speech therapist
    • psychologist for parenting advice
    • groups
  3. Living facilities
    • training home, where young people can experience in a light protected environment how independent they really are
    • a home for a group of autistic young people
  4. Familie support
    • dayactivities for siblings, so they can have some relaxation
    • support groups for siblings
    • advisory service for them how to deal with their autistic brother or sister.
Last year we started with the advisory service for siblings, because nothing on the subject was available in the country.
We started small scale, and it turned out a much needed and used service.

All our volunteers work pro deo.
They receive nothing, not even travelcost compensation.

I know that's quite a large project but without ideas and dreams to work towards to, life is boring.

There are so many things needed for autistic young people and their families.
Small and large things.

When you want to contribute, please let me know.

I have plenty of place on my site for ads, I can review your site, and I can even use my psychologist skills to answer your questions about parenting, for instance.

When you want to twitter this around... go ahead!



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