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Indie Holiday Gifts Days 5&6

With so many independent artists, there’s a variety of unique gifts you can give. I’ll highlight one a day through the New Year! I got a little behind, but these special treats should make up for it!

Day 5

LA Makerspace Membership

makerspaceWith a successful Kickstarter, White House blog recognition and generally just phenomenal mission/outreach, LA Makerspace is an amazing place for kids and adults to use their hands and minds for fun learning!

These are regular Membership Prices. For a very limited time you can buy any of these Memberships with a ton of extra benefits through their Kickstarter Campaign that runs until January 2nd, 2013. Some deals are limited so pop over there asap!

Purchase Membership Here.

Start with a DAY PASS – $20/day – Under 13 must be accompanied by an adult 18+

Day 6

The Coffee Bean 4 Kids Campaign

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf may not be “Indie,” but their holiday campaign with The Help Group, a nonprofit school serving children with various special needs*, certainly is!

$1 from every purchase of these items goes directly to help the many programs available at The Help Group. There are so many, it’s hard to keep track, but something for everyone.

the coffee bean autism

*DISCLOSURE: I am the Outreach Consultant for The Help Group.

Day 1 – Holiday Gifts by Adam Emperor Southard Photography

Day 2 – HUCK FINN: The Robotic Edition & The Selling, a supernatural comedy

Day 3 – Fund an education Shakespeare Puppet Video in someone’s name

DAY 4 – The Puppet Maker’s Bones by Alisa Tangredi

The Help Group Summit: Autism, Learning Differences & ADHD

One of my favorite ongoing clients is The Help Group, and their annual Summit is an excellent time to tap into the research & new ideas that pop up all the time.

Along with live-tweeting for their twitter account, I created a storify so people not on twitter can also follow along! Storify is a new outlet for me, so please connect if you are there and say hello.

The Help Group Summit brings researchers, clinicians, teachers, students & parents together to learn the advances & new best practices. This year’s Summit focuses on Autism, Learning Differences & ADHD.

Here is a sample of pictures from Friday! Check back for short Saturday clips too.

Transition program @AdvanceLA holds a raffle for a great bike.

As you enter & sign in, tables display some of the amazing programs you can find at The Help

Silver Lining Resale Vintage Store both trains teens & YA w/ special needs, plus all the proceeds benefit The Help Group!

Group. It isn’t just a school, but also has numerous after-school and weekend activities as well as aiding int hat very important part of lives – Transition.

Here you can find a recent podcast with Dr. Amy Griffiths of Advance LA & pictures of their Halloween party!

Of course we get a swag bag too, with pens and schedules and such. I still use the one I got last year; great for papers & other conferences.

OUTREACH SHOUT-OUT: Always send your attendees away with swag they’ll use often, like bags and pens. They’ll become your own Brand Advocates.

I really enjoy the variety of sessions as well as atmosphere (and coffee/tea/water availability!). Speakers’ slides are given to attendees upon sign-in which allows us to listen and not furiously take notes.

OUTREACH SHOUT-OUT: Note the ASL Interpreter in the bottom right corner of the right picture. 

Dr. Firestone with Champion for Children Awardee Sen. Carol Liu & ABC7’s David Ono

On to lunch!

John Farrimond first introduced David Ono, emcee and representing the Summit’s Media Sponsor ABC7.

Then Dr. Firestone, CEO of The Help Group, introduced First 5 LA, Major Sponsor of the Summit and gave framed student art as thanks.

For many reasons too numerous to list here, The Help Group awarded Senator Carol Liu a Champion of Children Award.

Liu was brief but quite powerful in her acceptance speech: “I share and support the HELP Group’s fight to ensure all children are treated with dignity and given the support they need to reach their full potential. The HELP Group, volunteers, and parents have proven themselves indispensable partners and effective advocates for children with special needs.”

Senator Liu also serves on the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders, instrumental in passing legislation to aid the life of all serving & living with autism.

OUTREACH SHOUT-OUT: Always publicly thank your sponsors. During lunch you have a captive audience!

More on actual sessions tomorrow, but here’s a quick video of The Help Group Children’s Choir performance!

OUTREACH SHOUT-OUT: Where you can show your outcomes in action, do it.

Stay Then Go [Funding Fridays]

Stay Then Go is the story of the sacrifices one mother must make in order for her autistic son to live a productive and dignified life.

STAY THEN GO will bring some light to these issues by way of a story- of a mother and her son. And not with statistics, expert talking heads, or case studies. Through, the power of art, and story-telling, we’d like to connect, to entertain, to puncture consciousness, and to move humanity along, just a little.

Support their Kickstarter – only 7 days to go!


Special Needs Transition: podcast

I work with The Help Group to increase their outreach online. One of their programs, Advance LA, is relatively new with many social skills events and transitional efforts for the young adults and parents alike.

Follow @AdvanceLA & http://www.advancela.org for more

I first met Gloria Perez-Walker through Art Meza of the Cypress Park Library, all on Twitter. She’s a wonderful, honest spirit who uses her own experiences to aid parents navigating the autism world. A few weeks ago I answered a tweet where she asked about after school programs, and connected her to Dr. Amy Griffiths, Director of Advance LA.

They had a great interview, and it’s interesting to know what’s out there even if you don’t need the services.

By the way, is it incredibly cool that part of my job is to attend their Halloween events and tweet about them? I think it is.

Listen to internet radio with Advocacy for Busy Parents on Blog Talk Radio. 
If you like this post, tomorrow’s Funding Fridays highlights the creators of Stay Then Go, a film about how autism affects the family. Watch the video.

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