Resource eBlast  December 2019
Sharing Resources for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs
December is a time for families - and often a time of busy calendars and more than a little stress. Take a break and read about some ideas for enjoying the month ahead! 

Exceptional Parent Magazine 
In the middle of Holiday season, joy can often mix with anxiety as we try to navigate all of the events, socialization, and stimuli that can envelope our daily lives. Here is a link with concrete ideas of how to prepare yourself, you children, family, and friends. For example, discuss expectations and ways to make plans to facilitate joy for YOUR family - not based on societal or other expectations and/or perceptions.

The Chaos and the Clutter
Consider it a framework of ideas of how to build a kit for your child, yourself, or anyone you know and love whom it might help.  Use it to ease this year's journey through the holidays, or give one as a gift!


A Day in Our Shoes
Looking for ways to spend time and keep everyone occupied over Holiday breaks (or any day, for that matter)? Check out these links for Holiday specific (and other) activities, games, and crafts for inclusive family fun!

Gift Ideas for That Amazing Kiddo  
Gift ideas for that amazing kiddo in your life with a disability:

Although the date has passed for application for a toy, we hope you find inspiration and ideas (for those of you with passion and a bit of a technology-geared brain) in this story of "Santa's Little Hackers" and all that it has become!



Looking for a book to give this season that demonstrates inclusion for all people? Look no further than the bestselling book by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and award-winning artist Rafael Lopez, entitled Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, about the differences that make each of us unique.

Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.


FREE webinar THIS FRIDAY on Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care for Youth with Autism
This webinar f eatures a parent (and Family Voices staffer!) and daughter discussing their experiences and perspectives about making the health care transition. This webinar will also have speakers from Got Transition highlighting NEW resources. Discussion topics include: what help from your health care provider may be most useful; discussion of concerns about making the shift to adult care; and suggestions for pediatric and adult health care providers to make the transition successful for youth and young adults with autism and their caregivers.

Friday, December 13, 2019 2:00-3:00 pm EST  
Meeting number (access code): 627 388 524
Meeting password: AutismServices
Join from a video system or application:
Dial sip: 627388524@nih.webex.com
You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.
Join by phone: 
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)