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2019-09-22 Vicky Westra the founder of Autism Shifts and Artistas Café. Two organizations that together provide training and employment to individuals with autism.

Special Needs Family Hour - 9/22/2019 12:00:00 AM

We discuss various topics related to  Autism including the biggest factors in changing the outcome for individuals with Autism; typical misconceptions of those with Autism, and things parents should do to support their child with Autism.

Vicky Westra shares insights gained from having a child with Autism and working with individuals who have autism. Autism Shifts and Artistas Cafe work together to provide training and employment to individuals with autism. To learn more click here http://www.artistascafe.com/about

 

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2019-09-15 Buddy Baseball - a Non-competitive Recreational League for Individuals with Special Needs

Special Needs Family Hour - 9/15/2019 12:00:00 AM

Buddy Baseball <http://buddybaseball.org/>  is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs serving the Tampa Bay community. Each player is paired with a buddy to assist the player as needed on the field and in the dugout. The league fosters friendships and breaks down barriers. Not only do the players experience the thrill of participating in a sport, they also get to experience team play and camaraderie. Buddy Baseball is an opportunity like no other for children with special needs. Both girls and boys are encouraged to play and be buddies.

This program is supported by the Temple Terrace Leisure Services Department. Buddy Baseball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

Games are one hour with a 15-minute practice prior. Teams consists of approximately six players, six or more buddies and coaches. Each team plays one game per Saturday during a seven-week Spring and Fall season.

 

Location:

Temple Terrace Family Recreational Complex Softball Fields

6700 E. Whiteway Dr. <http://buddybaseball.org/contact-us/>

Temple Terrace, FL 33617 <http://buddybaseball.org/contact-us/>

<http://buddybaseball.org/contact-us/>

(Behind Lewis Elementary)

Players Ages: Students (boys and girls) ages 8–22 with special needs.

Buddy Ages: Boys and girls ages 10–22.

Game Times: Saturdays 9:45 am, 11:00 am, 12:15 pm or 1:30 pm.

Registration: Registration is $30 for players with special needs, $15 for buddies, and no charge for coaches and volunteers. Financial assistance is available.

Games: Saturday, 9/28/2019 through Saturday, 11/9/2019

Seasons: Fall & Spring for approximately eight weeks

 

Mission Statement

Buddy Baseball’s mission is to provide any student with special needs ages 8 to 22 years old a chance to play ball where they can succeed, have fun, be part of a team, make friends and not be treated unkindly or cruelly because of their disability. We also provide typical children ages 10 to 22 years old as buddies a chance to interact with the special needs community to build their awareness and acceptance of these children. The league is designed to enable friendships to form and social barriers to be dissolved.  The players experience the thrill of participating, team play and camaraderie.

 

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2019-09-08 Social Security and Med-Waiver Listener’s Questions are answered by Liz Montefu and Patti Rendon. Experts in their respective fields of Social Security Benefits and Med-Waiver Services.

Special Needs Family Hour - 9/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guests are Liz Montefu, the founder of Montefu Consulting, and Patti Rendon of Rendon Support Services.

Liz has been guiding individuals through the rough waters of Social Security for over thirty years. She is experienced in benefit coordination and can help – whether you are filing for benefits for the first time or you are preparing to go before an Administrative Law Judge at a hearing.

Visit Montefu Consulting at https://www.montefuconsulting.com/ to learn more about Social Security, Social Security Disability Income Benefits, Survivor Benefits, Children’s SSI, Women’s Benefits, and Montefu

Consulting Education Seminars.

-       If you or your organization would be interested in a lunch & learn workshop at no charge, contact Montefu Consulting.

-       For Your Free Consultation Contact: Phone: 813-495-8787 or

Email: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>

Patti Rendon has been a Med-Waiver Support Coordinator for over twenty years. Patti is familiar with all aspects of the Florida Med-Waiver Program.

Contact: Phone: 813-643-1054 Email: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>

 

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2019-09-01 Prevail Celebrate the Journey, a recently published book by Alder Allensworth. Alder is co-founder of Sailability Greater Tampa Bay, a nonprofit that provides sailing instruction and recreation to people of all ages and abilities.

Special Needs Family Hour - 9/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

Prevail Celebrate the Journey

After being diagnosed with a rare, usually fatal cancer, Alder Allensworth made a miraculous recovery and took on a sailing journey most would only dream of. Having lost one eye to cancer, Alder dedicated herself to this 1,200-mile trip to raise money and awareness for sailors with disabilities, and quickly realized that sailing the 12-foot Prevail from Florida to Maine presented a whole new set of challenges that she had never encountered before, even on the water. Prevail follows Alder’s story from her diagnosis through her sailing expedition, and finally to the creation of a nonprofit sailing organization that provides instruction and recreation to people of all ages and abilities, Sailability Greater Tampa Bay.

Alder Allensworth, MM, LMHC, RN, CIHC has over 40 years of experience assisting people to reach their highest potential. Click here to: Learn more about Alder https://www.thealdertree.com/about-alder

Find out how you can learn to sail. Click here to:  Learn more > http://sailabilitytampabay.org/ 

Prevail: Celebrate the Journey, is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Alder+Allensworth> .

Prevail is also available as an audiobook through audiobooks.com <https://www.audiobooks.com/learn_more> .

Listen to a free sample. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MysCZ7zdw7U

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2019-08-25 Healthy Sexuality for Adolescents & Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Special Needs Family Hour - 8/25/2019 12:00:00 AM

This week's show will feature Loretta Gallo-Lopez, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. We discuss Healthy Sexuality for Adolescents and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities.

Loretta has over 25 years of experience working with adolescents and their parents. She is a Registered Drama Therapist, Registered Play Therapist, and the Clinical Director & a Founding Board Member of the Focus Academy in Temple Terrace, FL. 

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2019-08-18 Disability Resource Hub & Bright Feats - a publication with medical, educational, & community resources.

Special Needs Family Hour - 8/18/2019 12:00:00 AM

Description:

We welcome Rori Becker, Bright Feats Directoryand Phyllis Guthman, Disability Resource Hub GuideHaving children with special needs and as a result of navigating through the complex maze of the healthcare and educational systems, they recognize the support families require in identifying helpful and necessary resources for their children. 

 

Bright Feats & the Disability Resource Hub provide information about local community services, offers support to families and helps businesses convey their unique services to the special needs community.

Topics include:

The Bright Feats Directory and Disability Resource Hub is free. They print and deliver over 200,000 Bright Feats publications each year to schools, hospitals, specialized pediatric physicians, and therapy centers for free. More than half of these publications are sent home in the backpacks of ESE students in Central Florida Public Schools. This puts our helpful directory information in the hands of thousands of parents each year. The small size of the publication allows for parents to conveniently keep them accessible in their purse, folder or glove compartment.

Bright Feats maintains a website with expanded directory information, articles, links to related blogs, calendar with upcoming local events and more. Parents may also sign up as a member to receive copies of our electronic quarterly Family Newsletters. Each newsletter includes a list of upcoming workshops, events and support groups.

The Bright Feats mission is to help families with children with special needs find medical, educational and community resources to help their children achieve!

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2019-08-11 Family Network on Disabilities free help & info. to families of student’s w/disabilities.

Special Needs Family Hour - 8/11/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guests are Tosha Littles, Director of the Parent Support Network, and Misti Pollaro, Parent Training Coordinator for the Parent Support Network. The Family Network on Disabilities <https://fndusa.org/>  is an organization that offers free help and information to families of students with disabilities, self-advocates, and professionals that serve them. Their focus is on the educational needs of students with disabilities.

 

Here are links to some amazing resources to include a Social Story Library and a Sound Bank.

 

*             Archived Webinars <https://fndusa.org/resources/archived-webinars/>

*             Digital Library English <https://fndusa.org/resources/digital-library-english/>

*             Disability Specific Resources <https://fndusa.org/resources/disability-specific-resources/>

*             Florida Resources <https://fndusa.org/resources/florida-resources/>

*             FND University <https://fndusa.org/resources/fnd-university/>

*             La Biblioteca Digital de FND <https://fndusa.org/resources/la-biblioteca-digital-de-fnd/>

*             National Resources <https://fndusa.org/resources/national-resources/>

*             Tip Sheets <https://fndusa.org/resources/tip-sheets/>

*             Transition Tool Kit <https://fndusa.org/resources/transition-tool-kit-2/>

*             Veterans Resource Directory <https://fndusa.org/resources/veterans-resource-directory/>

*             Social Story Library <https://fndusa.org/media/social-stories/>  a Social Story Library and a Sound Bank. A Social Story can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviors, skills, or concepts.

*             Sound Bank Library <https://fndusa.org/media/sound-bank/>  Here is a sound bank for parents to use to help their child or youth and get used to a sound, situation, or unfamiliar or upsetting environment before entering into this environment or situation.

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2019-08-03 Because of Sam is a documentary about a young man with Down syndrome. Sam’s life and story help others Claim Their Power and Capture Their Dreams, every day.

Special Needs Family Hour - 8/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guest is Renee Warmack, the Producer, Director, and Writer of the documentary Because of Sam. She has several friends with her including the star of the documentary, Sam Piazza; his mother, Ruth Piazza; and Jeffrey Kamis, the Vice President of Media & Public Relations for PDQ Restaurants, where Sam works.

 

Sam Piazza is a Tampa Hero. Sam has broken barriers and proven that people with disabilities can succeed and inspire others to do more – and be more.

 

Among Sam’s accomplishments are the following:

 

*             Black belt in karate,

*             Global Ambassador for the Best Buddies program,

*             Gaither High School's Homecoming King

*             Gaither High School basketball's team manager,

*             ROTC member in high school,

*             Involved in Special Olympics and is an avid weightlifter,

*             He's an Equestrian, thanks to Hillsborough County’s Bakas Equestrian Center,

*             and now works at PDQ – they’ve even named a menu item after him!

 

To view the Because of Sam website - Click Here <https://becauseofsamthemovie.com/>

To watch Because of Sam Movie-trailers - Click Here <https://becauseofsamthemovie.com/movie-trailers/>

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2019-07-28 Liz Montefu, the President of Montefu Consulting Inc., discusses Social Security Benefits for those eighteen to twenty-four years old.

Special Needs Family Hour - 7/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

Liz has been guiding individuals through the rough waters of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claims for over 30 years. She is experienced in benefit coordination and can help – whether you are filing for benefits for the first time or you are preparing to go before an Administrative Law Judge at a hearing.

 Visit Montefu Consulting at https://www.montefuconsulting.com/ to learn more about Social Security, Social Security Disability Income Benefits, Survivor Benefits, Children’s SSI, and Women’s Benefits.

Montefu Consulting Education Seminars

*             Montefu Consulting is happy to provide for you and your associates at no charge, an overview presentation regarding SSI/SSD. Participants will get an overview of the various Social Security benefits available to individuals, learn who is eligible for various benefits, and how to access those benefits.

*             If you or your organization would be interested in a lunch & learn workshop at no charge, contact Montefu Consulting.

For Your Free Consultation Contact:

Montefu Consulting, Inc.

Phone: 813.495.8787 | Fax: 480.393.5084

Email: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]

"Your beacon of light for Social Security disability claims."

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2019-07-21 Portico Chorus-Ministry of Various Faiths, Ages, Cognitive, Physical, & Musical Abilities

Special Needs Family Hour - 7/21/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guests are Diane Barber, the Director of the Portico Chorus, and Members of the Portico Choir.

The Portico Chorus is an all-volunteer music ministry. "While God has given each member different and special gifts and abilities, they all share the same commitment to making God's love real through the presentation of inspiring interactive musical performances throughout our community."

On this show, you will be inspired, learn about this ministry, how to join the chorus, and information to start your own musical ministry.

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2019-7-14 Tahni Cullen author of Josiah's Fire: Autism Stole His Words, God Gave Him a Voice.

Special Needs Family Hour - 7/14/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guest this week is Tahni Cullen. She is the author along with Cheryl Ricker of the book "Josiah's Fire". "Josiah's Fire". It is an amazing true story of family, hope, and hearing God's voice through a speechless boy with autism.

Tahni and her husband Joe were thrust into a nightmare when their two-year-old-son, Josiah, a typical toddler, suddenly lost his ability to speak, play, and socialize. The diagnosis was Autism Spectrum Disorder. Five years later, Josiah, who had not been formally taught to read or write, suddenly began to type on his iPad profound sentences about God, science, history, business, music, strangers, and his heavenly encounters.

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2019-06-30 Vivian Shudde the CEO of the Brookwood Community in Texas discusses their God-centered educational, residential, and entrepreneurial community for adults with disabilities.

Special Needs Family Hour - 6/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

We are discussing: the Brookwood Story; the Brookwood Philosophy; the Brookwood Facility; the Brookwood Business/Social Enterprises; and the Brookwood Center for Learning their Education/Outreach program for others who hope to create their own Brookwood.

There are places available for adults with disabilities to live but very few places that will provide a nurturing environment where they will continue to grow educationally, vocationally, and spiritually. Finding a job for an adult with a disability is akin to trying to fit a square peg into a round hole since there are not many places adults with functional disabilities may work.

Brookwood’s purpose is: To provide opportunity through education so that Brookwood citizens will:

 *             Acquire meaningful job skills and hold real jobs in the Community’s own business enterprises

*             Experience the pride that accompanies the ability to contribute to one’s own support

*             Grow socially, emotionally, and spiritually

Brookwood is the whole package. They have built a sustainable model that has the support of the local community. They provide residential, to include ageing related care needs. They also have on site medical and dental care. It is important to read the book Everyone Has A Seed to Sow by Yvonne Strait, the founder of Brookwood to truly appreciate what has been accomplished at Brookwood.

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2019-06-23 Gigi’s Playhouse Tampa_An organization that empowers individuals with Down syndrome and their families

Special Needs Family Hour - 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

This week's show will feature GiGi's Playhouse, a network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers. GiGi’s Playhouse is an organization that empowers individuals with Down syndrome and their families by providing no cost programs to those in Hillsborough and surrounding counties.

Their mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through community campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Gigi’s Playhouse Tampa will make a lifetime commitment to support and empower families from prenatal diagnosis, birth, and through to adulthood by offering no-cost therapeutic, educational and career development programs. GiGi's Playhouse is located at 3611 W Hillsborough Ave, #200; Tampa, Florida, 33614. Contact info: Phone number is 813-544-8000 and website is [email protected].

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2019-06-16 Publix Super Markets, Inc.: Discuss their philosophy of showing no preference when it comes to hiring employees who are differently-abled.

Special Needs Family Hour - 6/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guest is Brian West the Media and Community Relations Manager for Publix Super Markets. As Brian says, "We look at what a person is able to do, not what they aren't able to do."

Publix has been hailed as the No. 1 supermarket for customer satisfaction, one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For," and as an inspiration for its sustainability efforts and community involvement.

Publix has supported Special Olympics since 1972 when it's founder George Jenkins realized that Florida Special Olympians could not afford to go the National Competition in Los Angeles. Mr. George paid for all of the Florida Olympians to fly to Los Angeles. Today, Publix Super Markets has over 800 employees who are Special Olympics Athletes in Florida. Each year in January, Publix associates and customers come together to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. In 2019, Publix customers and associates contributed more than $4.8 million to the Special Olympics to ensure athletes were able to train and compete free of cost. This brings Publix total donation since 1993 to $51.3 million.

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2019-06-02 MacDonald Training Center's Supported Living, Employment, and Community Living Programs

Special Needs Family Hour - 6/2/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guest is Karenne Levy the President & CEO of the MacDonald Training Center. An organization known for empowering those with disabilities to lead the lives they choose. We will be discussing their Supported Living Services, Employment Services, and Community Services.

MacDonald Training Center is a private – 501(c)(3) non-profit, established in 1953 by J. Clifford MacDonald, as one of the first pre-schools in our nation for children with disabilities. MTC has transformed lives through innovations in educational advancements, vocational training, employment services, residential supports and life enrichment opportunities for more than 6 decades.

Vocational education focuses on Certificate based technical skills with elevated life skills development to assure employers that the candidates have the talents and skills needed for employment and the emotional intelligence to navigate an inclusive, neurodiverse workplace.

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2019-05-26 ZooTampa at Lowry Park with Jennifer McLachian Vice President of Education at Zoo Tampa. We will be discussing their Autism Friendly Initiatives and other zoo programs.

Special Needs Family Hour - 5/26/2019 12:00:00 AM

ZooTampa is an organization that is all inclusive when it comes to individuals with special needs. They have worked with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at University of South Florida to become an autism friendly organization. There are social stories available to families at the park and online. The main social story explains the park in its entirety. Then there are specific social stories explaining special experiences such as the petting zoo and how to feed a giraffe. There is even an autism friendly map where families can plan their activities at the park for the day.

ZooTampa also works with a Vocational Rehab provider that places individuals with disabilities in jobs at the zoo. Some docents/volunteers are on the autism spectrum. ZooTampa has gone to great lengths for individuals with guide dogs to be able to enjoy the zoo experience. To include training the zoo animals to be comfortable when a guide dog is present.

They also have a child care center for children who are 12 months to 5 years old. There are 100 children to include some with disabilities and on the Autism Spectrum. They utilize the positive behavior support program that was developed by the University of South Florida.

Their mission is to: Rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals; create exceptional personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways. They truly to do this for everyone!

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2019-05-19 Specially Fit Foundation - Marky Oliver, the CEO and Founder of the Specially Fit Foundation. He is also a Coach of the Specially Fit Athletes. Their motto is “Changing the community one rep at a time.”

Special Needs Family Hour - 5/19/2019 12:00:00 AM

Description:

Specially Fit Foundation intends to spread the awareness that anyone can participate in exercise despite perceived limitations. By bringing together individuals such as those with special needs or children living in foster homes to join their team, they hope to make a difference in the community by changing lives through health, fitness and love.

Specially Fit Foundation’s goal is to inspire others to believe in themselves. Through their events and programs, they aim to enhance the lives of their participants by providing them the opportunity to grow their health, fitness and independence. By expanding their programs, they are opening more doors to expanding the possibilities for these individuals. Specially Fit Foundation offers the following activities: Fitness Classes for Individuals with Disabilities and At Risk Individuals; Group Home/Day Care/Foster Home Fitness Classes; Individual Fitness Programs; Power Lifting Programs; and Various Special Olympics Programs.

Specially Fit relies on private support through grants, corporate and individual donations to include volunteering of time to continue providing their services to individuals in Tampa, Florida with developmental disabilities. Through your donation, they can make an impact on hundreds of individuals with special needs.

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2019-05-12 Arts4All Florida – Is a non-profit that conducts art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers. They promote the accomplishments of artists with disabilities

Special Needs Family Hour - 5/12/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guests are Wendy Finklea, the Director of Arts4All Florida, and Jennifer Sabo, the executive director of Arts4All Florida. We also have artist Dani Bowman and Janalyn Peppel. Dani Bowman is an animator and entrepreneur who founded her company, DaniMation Entertainment, at age 11.  She has worked professionally in the animation industry since 14. Janalyn Peppel is a graphic designer and entrepreneur from Gainesville specializing in art & 3D printing.

The mission of Arts4All Florida is to provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. Their vision is to create a world in which the arts are universally accessible.  They do this by:

Conducting art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers

Promoting the accomplishments of artists with disabilities through their artist registry, exhibitions, and performance.

Increasing access to the arts through professional development workshops

Arts4All Florida is headquartered in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.

Arts4All Florida Art Camp Programs

Registration is open for Arts4All Florida summer camp programs!  All camps are inclusive and socially oriented, teaching creative expression led by professional artists, art teachers, certified instructors, and disability experts that specialize in music, dance/movement, theatre, and visual art for students of all ages and abilities.

Animation Gets Real – Tampa <https://arts4allflorida.org/arts4all-florida-presents-arts4all-florida-summer-camp-animation-gets-real

Animation Gets Real – Miami  <https://www.miamidadearts.org/education/arts4all-florida-animation-gets-real-miami-summer-camp>

Artfully Fun – Tampa  <https://arts4allflorida.org/artfully-fun-summer-day-camp-macdill-air-force-base

Camp SpARTan – Tampa <https://arts4allflorida.org/camp-spartan-blast-fun

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