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Blog + News

We’re Back!

Here are a few things we have done since our recent move.

We attended the 6th Annual Light It Up Blue event on April 4th at Cal State Channel Islands; listening to speakers and watching the space light up in blue, making it one of 11,000 sites worldwide taking on that hue for United Nations General Counsel’s World Autism Awareness Day that honors those living with autism.

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We also proudly announce that Laurie Singer has been recognized publicly for them as one of five new members of the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame! Joining an elite group that includes Olympic medalists, collegiate All-Americans, Major League Baseball MVPs, and NFL Super Bowl winners, Laurie will be officially inducted into the class of 2017 at a ceremony on June 4th at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

While overcoming personal loss and struggles with ADHD to achieve professional success helping others tackle their own life challenges, Laurie has also been quietly accomplishing great things in the athletic arena. She has made running 100 mile races nearly routine, completing 28 ultra-marathons of 31 miles or longer. She is also a 3-time Ironman, which involves swimming 2.4 miles followed by a 112-mile bike ride and running a full 26.2 mile marathon.

Read about more it in the VC Star

On April 27th we held the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of our new office located in Camarillo off Mission Oaks Blvd.

On Saturday, May 20th, we attended a Family Fun Day event at California Lutheran University hosted by Center4specialneeds.  There were crafts, and games for kids, therapy dogs and horses, food trucks, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department brought their SWAT truck, and Diego Pena, author of Anatomy of Autism, was there signing copies of his book! It was an incredible event, and we are looking forward to attending more in the future.

The Lens that Binds

Minnesota mom Kate Miller-Wilson uses photography to create an intimate portrait of life with her autistic son.

“My inspiration came from daily life with my son. He has a unique perspective on the world, often one that brings out the beauty or wonder in the ordinary. Being his parent is also a unique perspective; there’s this feeling that he’s always on the other side of this barrier that sort of varies in thickness depending on the day. I’m always seeking to reach him and catch little glimpses here and there. Since art is really about sharing perspectives, a photo series seemed like a natural choice.”

Read the full article on GOOD about how she is bonding with her son through her art, and giving the world a glimpse into the world she and her son share.

Join Us! Tour + Team + Tacos!

We’re celebrating the opening of our new location and the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce is throwing us a party! Please join us for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, April 27th from 4:30 – 7:00 pm at 4055 Mission Oaks Blvd. Suite B.

We’ll show you around the place, introduce you to our ever-expanding team, and feed you tacos from our taco truck! Full details on the flyer below, click to print or share (please do!) Hope to see you there!

We’ve moved! And we’re turning blue…

We’ve moved to our very own and very much larger office space in Camarillo, and we’re anything but blue about it. However, we’d love to have you join us for the 6th Annual Light It Up Blue event this Tuesday, April 4th at Cal State Channel Islands from 6:00 – 8:00pm, where we – and the John Spoore Bloome Library Plaza – will be very blue indeed. We’ll be there to hear speakers and to watch the space light up in blue, making it one of 11,000 sites worldwide taking on that hue for United Nations General Counsel’s World Autism Awareness Day that honors those living with autism.

View full details about this year’s event.

Perfectly Normal

Ahead of this year’s World Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd, 2017), the New York Times has released “Perfectly Normal”, a short documentary about Jordan, a man with Asperger’s Syndrome. As the film’s reviewer (whose brother is a severely autistic adult) points out, “our culture seems to have twin blind spots for both older adults with autism and for teens with autism and developmental disabilities about to enter adulthood.”

The piece demonstrates the power of storytelling to overcome the lack of understanding of the challenges of those with autism, and sheds much needed light on those whose struggles don’t disappear after childhood but rather require a lifetime of determination and support.