The first month of a new school year is nearly behind us already. In speaking with some parents and educators last night at our 3rd Annual Membership Meeting, it might have been quite a learning curve, with some of the rough edges needing smoothing out. Inclusion of all learners of all abilities in the classroom (and on the playground) can be a challenging job -- but we know it is always rewarding! So if you're still on shaky ground, we offer you the pearl Paula Kluth shared at last week's Autism Society of Wisconsin Fall Conference: "Don't give up five minutes before the miracle happens!"
What we also need to be careful of the very real problems of bullying and disability harassment. Make no mistake -- these anti-social behaviors can lead to suicidal ideation. We want to be sure all children can receive a free, appropriate education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). All learners deserve to feel safe in their school. Consider having Good Friend come to do an assembly on or around Oct. 20 -- a day designated for students to say, "The End of Bullying Begins with Me!"
Did you know our 3rd Annual "Tackling Autism Awareness" silent auction FUNdraiser will be held at Steinhafels in Waukesha on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 1-4 p.m.? We hope you have already marked your calendar. If not, please do! We're looking forward to a family-friendly event where folks can get their holiday shopping done and be entertained, all while supporting autism awareness, acceptance, and empathy. If you have an item or collection of things (as in for a package or basket) to donate to the auction, please get in touch with us (Denise 262-391-1369; Chelsea 414-510-0385).
Would you be willing to distribute event flyers and/or posters in your community in early October? We need LOTS of people to come to Steinhafels on Nov. 6, so we need you to help us spread the word!