Each month, Family Voices Indiana provides the families we serve with a summary of the month’s hottest items. If you missed us on Facebook in December, here is the latest!
Check out our Family Voices Staff Spotlights! This month’s page featured specialist Emily McKinley. Read all of our specialists’ bios on our website.
Facebook fans liked our many inspirational quotes. Be sure to check out our page for a pick-me-up. Also, we encourage you to share our page with friends using the share or invite features!
Check our page or mark your calendar to check it again before we hit holiday season in 2014. There are lots of articles, blogs, and tips about inclusion, changes in routine, grief, gift ideas, and staying sane during the holidays!
"I resolve to keep on educating and enlightening people about my child. Sometimes, people stare because they can't see the child behind the special needs." Read the entire list of resolutions here: http://www.lovethatmax.com/2013/12/special-needs-parent-new-years.html.
"When you see that mom struggling with her child who is clearly in overload mode, smile at her. Use that smile that says, 'I feel your pain and I know you’re doing the best you can!' Or even better, smile and say 'You’re doing a great job. I hope tomorrow’s a better day for you guys!'" Read the article here: http://www.themobilityresource.com/dos-and-donts-when-witnessing-a-disabled-child-having-a-meltdown/.
Training and Learning Opportunities:
Family Voices works to fulfill our mission of empowering families by providing you with educational opportunities and resources. Check our website frequently for learning resources by visiting: http://www.fvindiana.org/training. This month, we shared the following on Facebook.
It's a new year! Why not start it by getting organized? A care notebook is a tool for families and will help you keep track of important information. Care notebooks are very personal to your child and ideally should be customized to reflect your child's medical history and current information. You can find downloadable forms to make your own care notebook here: http://www.medicalhomeinfo.org/for_families/care_notebook/care_notebook.aspx.
Need help juggling everything? CareZone makes it easier to stay organized and effective when caring for a parent, child, or someone in need. From your computer, smartphone or tablet you can safely organize files, contacts, and medications, and coordinate with family and other caregivers using a shared calendar and journal. Find out more here: https://carezone.com/home
We've created a FB page for our Latino families who prefer information in Spanish and/or would like to connect with other families. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/VocesDeFamiliaDeIndiana.
Did you know we're on Pinterest, too? Check out our boards at http://pinterest.com/fvindiana/.
We want to keep your kiddos safe in the new year. There are several articles floating around about car seat changes for 2014. Here is information from The Car Seat Lady about what you need to know, http://thecarseatlady.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/latch2014/.
A reminder: if you receive SNAP (Food Stamps), the date on which you receive your benefits will be changing beginning in January of 2014. The amount of your benefits will NOT be changing – just the date you receive the benefits on your EBT card. You learn more in this video: http://youtu.be/HruESqU5KmQ
"Chris is a highly-capable young man, but the social challenges of being in a traditional job were very hard for him. After only several months as an environmental researcher, he was asked to resign despite his best efforts at self-advocacy. Clearly, he needed a different path to apply his talents in the world of work." So Pilarski, of South Bend, Indiana, started a prototype aquaponic greenhouse and employed Chris and others on the autism spectrum: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12/an-organic-greenhouse-run-by-farmers-with-autism/282145/.
Family Voices encourages you to use your voice to influence care, public and private policy, and educate others. In that vein, we strive to share with you opportunities to collaborate with others to improve the systems we engage. Here are some upcoming opportunities: