This week's Theme: Advocacy Diary
Why the Diary: Because this writer and some of her friends have been very busy planning awareness events for April and she would like to share some thoughts about said efforts.
This evening my parent support group is meeting for the first time since December. Busy lives, medical issues, etc. has held up our schedule a bit. Tonight we are going to make autism awareness ribbons to sell for $2.00 each. The proceeds will go towards purchasing the insurance our group needs to gain chapter approval from Autism Society of America. We'll sell the pins at some of our awareness events--unless we sell them all out first.
Two other parents bought the supplies at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, the one place in our small city that stocks the puzzle piece ribbon. Jo Ann's does not seem to offer the ribbon online, but there are also some websites such as the ribbon shop that we may try to buy from in the future.
We are going to meet in a child development lab at the Central Michigan University Campus. The lab has two adjoining rooms. It is perfect because a group of students majoring in early childhood, the AEYC, is going to provide free childcare. It looks like we'll have a bigger group than normal. The children will be one room with the college students and the parents and other advocates will be in the other.
We've been getting an average of about four or five people attending our meetings. Hopefully a few more will come will come to make the ribbons. It should be fun.