Have you ever considered volunteering with The Autism Project (TAP)? Our annual summer camp, Camp WANNAGOAGAIN!, attracts dedicated volunteers each year – but what is the volunteer experience really like? And what does it mean to those who volunteer?
We recently had the opportunity to chat with three of our Camp WANNAGOAGAIN! volunteers - Ryan Champlin (21), Barry James (18), and David Whittaker (21) - known affectionately to the TAP staff as “The Three Musketeers”! All were young teens when they became involved with TAP! Read on to learn about how they came to volunteer at TAP (in one case, a speeding ticket!), how their volunteer experiences have impacted their lives for the better, and why they think volunteering for TAP is an absolute must-do!
There are many small groups of thoughtful committed citizens I’ve had the honor to be a part of that enabled our organization to grow and they should be recognized for changing the status quo of education, research, play and support for people with an autism spectrum disorder.
Today I celebrate the many accomplishments of my son Patrick and the thousands of individuals living with autism in our state. But, I must ask as an advocate and mother why we are using our scarce resources to increase awareness rather than provide resources to improve quality of life?
Remembering our many PASSWORDs is becoming more of a chore and stresser for so many of us. Is the imminent threat to my NetFlix or iTunes account so great that I should carry a toggle with a new PASSWORD every 15 minutes? That's what it seems like we join more online and Cloud-based organizations. See how a unique experience of resetting one's PASSWORD helps to put it all into perspctive.
After eight great years of entertainment, support and awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the Autism Project's summer program Camp WANNAGOAGAIN!, Catwalk to Campground produced it's final fashion show. We are forever grateful for the commitment to our camp and the many families we serve. Read our blog to fully understand the love, creativity and hard work that went into producing one of the best events in support of our programs.
People who know about the Paleo Diet instantly think of it as an effective weight loss program and a great diet and fitness regimen for athletes. In recent years, however, researchers have found that the Paleo Diet may be of great benefit to children and adults diagnosed with autism.
A new era has begun in education. Actually, it’s been growing for four years in the halls of East Greenwich High School. Thanks to the leadership of the administration and faculty, the open minds and hearts of the students and the adoption of two programs, students with and without disabilities experienced daily life, academics, sports, art, theater, the Prom and graduation as one of the most unified communities ever.
It’s been a long road to today. IEP meetings, endless teachable moments, therapies, Adaptive PE, special education, regular education classes, home-based therapies, community-based therapies, resource, the list of support is too long to list. Check out the full blog written by Joanne Quinn today.
One mom responds to the conversation about a young girl with a disability being asked to leave PPAC during a recent performance of Beauty and the Beast. Many companies including Showcase Cinema and theaters on Broadway are offering autism/disability friendly performances. What’s your view on the situation?