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Foundation's Message

May / June 2022

Happy Summer!


Autism Awareness Month was a huge success for our organization thanks to our followers and the 

businesses who partnered with us to spread our mission and vision for our school.  


April was action-packed! We were thrilled by the outpouring of support from our community. We enjoyed seeing familiar faces and meeting lots of new folks at our various social engagements.


We have lots of exciting updates. Be on the lookout for ways to connect this summer! 


Also, be sure to sign up for our Summer "FREE" Community Chat Series. These are offered online, free of charge, featuring different speakers and topics each month. If you have a suggestion for a topic or know of a provider who would be interested in presenting,

Please email: Jennifer Crawford,with the Subject line : Community Chat Suggestions


We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Stacy Grimes, MA, LSSP

Director of Community Relations

Thrive With Autism Foundation

Thanks to our generous community partners,

Thrive With Autism Foundation raised $20,000 during

April 2022 for Autism Awareness Month.

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Thrive With Autism Foundation Community Donation


Thrive With Autism Foundation donated 26 individual craft kits for the children & their families at

Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands,

so they can make a UNIQUE Umbrella, as Unique as them!

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Free Foundation Summer Series

Community Chats

June  2022

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To learn more about SOV,

 Dr. Roberts listed some information below.


There is a Facebook group called "SVO Power Support Group."  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SVOPower - This is a great place for conversation and asking questions.


There is also a Facebook page called "SVO Power." https://www.facebook.com/SVOPower  


Click on the link below to learn more about Dr. Roberts.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjulierayroberts/


FREE Registration Link

Free Foundation Summer Series

Community Chats

July 2022

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Free Registration Link

Free Foundation Summer Series

Community Chats

August 2022


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Free Registration Link


Celebrate "Your" Child Contest April 2022 WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS!

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We celebrate our child Luna every day. It can be hard sometimes navigating in her world, but we try our best to understand her world and work with her.

We love celebrating how unique she is!

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Jaxson is a very adventurous little boy. Though, he is not social and doesn't have the greatest eye contact, he makes up for it with his physical abilities and ways that he loves. He loves to climb and run and slide and swing and swim. He is turning 10 in January and would love to be able to enjoy the day at We Rock the Spectrum! 



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Each Winner will receive the following:

Selected winning entries will receive a Rock Unique Party for their child at We Rock The Spectrum- The Woodlands. A Rock Unique Party is 2 hours in length and contains the following. • Party Package for those with Special Needs For Up to 10 kids ( Any more than that can be over stimulating). • This Package Includes A Trained Staff Member. • Choose From One of Our Paper or Wood Products. 

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Travel and Your Family

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As Summer approaches do you know what a

Certified Autism Travel Professional does?


Please read the article below to get a better understanding of the role a CATP can play while booking a vacation for your family from a local CATP, Kimberly Roos. 


My name is Kimberly Roos. I am a Certified Autism Travel Professional which means that I have gone through additional travel training specific to autism. I have also been through the Autism Double Checked certification, a program created to promote inclusion for those with autism in the travel and hospitality industry. I am a mother of three and my youngest son is autistic, so I have been involved with the autism community for many years now.   

 

There are many reasons a family should use a Certified Autism Travel Professional (CATP) when thinking about a vacation. Planning a vacation can be overwhelming for anyone and when you add in the additional challenges that can come with traveling with an autistic person, having someone who knows and understands at least a little more than the average person, can be extremely helpful. CATPs are more knowledgeable about the little things a resort or hotel can do to make your trip more relaxing. Accommodating dietary restrictions, providing quiet areas, providing respite care, and other often overlooked services that many may not consider when planning a trip. Obviously, no place is perfect but there are many that try and a CATP can help you find them. 


One of my favorite places to book for families with autistic children is Beaches. They work hard to meet your needs, and at least 80% of their guest facing staff has been through the IBCCES training process! They have a program called “Beach Buddies” that allows you to hire one of their caregivers to be 1 on 1 with your child so you can have a break, some adult only time, dinner, a walk on the beach, or just take a little nap. 


Knowing and learning about these little extras is a big part of the process of becoming a CATP. This extra knowledge is the number one reason using the services of a CATP can prove invaluable. Many Certified Autism Travel Professionals have at least one person in their lives that is affected by autism in some way, so they have a unique understanding of the additional stress that is sometimes associated with travel. It is important to me to ensure families who have additional challenges have the same access to vacations and fun as everyone else. 


When we first started traveling with my son, we faced difficulties finding good information, and I didn’t know anyone who could point us in the right direction. Once I decided to become a travel advisor, I sought out a company who specialized in serving the special needs community and I have focused on training and helping those with additional needs of all kinds. 


The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards or IBCCES offers several different credentialing programs for professionals who are responsible for the support and/or services provided to autistic individuals. Their programs are designed to supplement existing knowledge and ensure they are up to date on best practices, research, and incorporate updated knowledge into professional practice. When you visit www.ibcces.org you can find lists of certified autism travel professionals, amusement parks, zoos, medical offices, educators, and more. 



If you’d like more information or are interested in booking a vacation with a CATP you can trust, feel free to reach out to me at kimberly@vacationwiththemagic.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/vwtmbykimberly


*Thrive With Autism Foundation is not endorsing this person or business. 

*This article is for an informative share purpose only.



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