The Ally: The Transformative Power of Family Leadership
"We support each other and work together to make things better for our children"...These are the words we use to describe the work of Families as Allies. I am reminded daily of the understanding, comfort and relief when one parent helps another parent in their same shoes. I am grateful that Stacey Spiehler, president-elect of Families as Allies, agreed to share her mom-thoughts about autism acceptance in this guest blog.
There are so many ways families can help lead our system. We are encouraging families and anyone else interested to attend today's Special Education Advisory Panel. We have opportunities to work together to Flip the Scriptabout children's mental health throughout the month of May.
We received two surveys for families and all others who are interested in making things better for our children to share with you:
2.) The SPARK team at The University of Mississippi Medical Center. SPARK is the largest study of individuals with autism and their families. The study aims to recruit 50,000 families to better understand the causes of autism and accelerate research to improve lives. The SPARK team is seeking direct feedback from providers, families and community members on potential reasons for minority underrepresentation in research studies like SPARK. We plan to use feedback to generate tangible strategies for reducing these disparities in research participation. You can take the survey here and will receive a $5 gift card for completing it.
Thank you to all of you who are part of or partner with Families as Allies. Working together for our children, we really can make a difference.
National Federation of Families will host a live fireside chat style event during which a small group of leaders from national organizations focused on childrens and youth mental health will share their thoughts on this years theme "Flip the Script on Mental Health" and how it applies to their work.
Psychologists everywhere have noticed an uptick in children experiencing anxiety, stress, confusion, and other issues that have come as a result of 2020. No parent wants to see their child struggle with such hard emotions.