Meraki Mocha –Inclusivity, Diversity, And A Thriving Wage Goals For The Differently Abled In Lancaster County

September 14, 2017
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A little over a week ago I had the opportunity to hear about a variety of great ideas for our County and ways we can help these ideas thrive and come to fruition at a Crowdfunding event put on by ASSETS, a diverse group of entrepreneurs and business leaders who are helping our county with

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Autism Film and Advocacy in the Community

September 11, 2017
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Join the Lancaster Autism Community for a panel discussion and viewing of the film “Deej” this Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at the Ware Center in Downtown Lancaster. DEEJ is the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and an advocate for nonspeaking autistics. As a child, he was trapped in a silent world,

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Pequea Valley Senior’s Fight For Autism

“Autism can’t define me. I define Autism.” ~ Kerry Magro This week I had the immense pleasure of being introduced to a young man with Autism, Everett Kasian, a senior at Pequea Valley School District and two wonderful ladies who have played a major part in his accomplishments–Cathy Koenig, Director of Student Service and Special

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“Be Their Guest” Disney Trip Perspectives from Several Autism Parents

It’s one of those things that is a dream for every parent–a check mark that most of us feel like we need to have at some point–that Trip to Disney with your child. A few years ago, we almost reluctantly made our own trip with our then 11 year old son mostly because 1) we

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Aren’t You the lady that came here dressed as…

February 28, 2017
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“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” – Kenneth Branagh Okay so that last bit is hard, I’ll admit. I get worked up quite a bit because well that’s my temperament and life in general especially when you have loved ones you care for with

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Unexpected Uses of Snapchat with the “Differently Abled” – or anyone you want to actually connect with.

February 15, 2017
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How many times growing up did you hate it when an adult told you the phrase “these kids these days?” If you are like me you HATED it! Well a few decades and my own child, quite a few nieces and nephews, cousins and friends’ kids later, and I find myself expressing or thinking the

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Fall Dad’s Day a Success (except for our scores)

The Fall 2016 Dad’s Day at High Sportz was pretty amazing, I have to say! We started off with a great BBQ courtesy of Dave, caught up on opening day in the NFL, the new school year for our kids, and then proceeded to hit the racing track. Minus one stalled car for Everett, we raced

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Join Us To Rediscover The “Forgotten”

September 8, 2016
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JOIN THE TOMMY FOUNDATION AND JONI AND FRIENDS FOR A GLIMPSE INTO THE WORLD OF DISABILITY ON SATURDAY, OCT. 15TH, 2016. “Bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, the lame…and compel them to come in so that my house will be full.” ~ Luke 14. The quote above is one that the organization Joni

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2016 Spring Newsletter is Out!

The 2016 spring newsletter is out for the Tommy Foundation. Download it here.

Magic Display and Superhero Appearance At February’s Support Meeting

On Monday, February 16th, 2015, The Tommy Foundation hosted Dave and Angela Kot, creators of Face Value Comics and founders of Autism at Face Value, a non-profit that uses facial feature recognition to reinforce emotional expression. The organizations mission states: “We believe all children have the right to feel safe, wanted, and successful in their

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