Friday, June 7, 2019

Special Needs and Special Deeds

Some of the classes I teach are in crisis intervention. Not just the kind of a crisis to which FEMA should respond, but the crises that occur in everyday life where people like you and I can make all the difference if we are willing to meet people where they are.
I read recently that an autistic child was visiting Universal Orlando resort with his family. All he wanted to do was get to his hero Spiderman. He patiently followed his parents through the park, saw other things, and perhaps even enjoyed them. But there was an often repeated question “Is Spiderman next”- followed by a sigh when the answer was “not yet”.  When the family finally arrived at the attraction, they were told it was closed for repairs.  The child’s dam broke and he – as his mom put it- had a full meltdown. He was down on the ground, screaming, crying and letting the world know that this was just not right. His family knew there was no way to stem this tide.  Enter a young employee from Universal. Instead of demanding that the child be removed so that people could pass, she got down on the ground beside him, politely told the gawkers to move along, and asked for no pictures to be taken. She quietly told her new friend to “let it all out”.  And there they stayed until he was ready to move on.
Being “awesomely autistic” is how his mom refers to her son.  Being awesomely aware of what one person could do to help this child is something we can all learn from.  Families with autistic children may there always be someone who is willing to come alongside and just be there.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rape Victims in South Orange County

For the past 22 years, the only rape evidence collection center in Orange County has been in Anaheim. This means over a 50 mile drive for some women who are already traumatized. According to the officers we have spoken with, these traumatized victims cannot face that. The evidence goes uncollected. The perpetrator can go free.
One argument we get is that personnel need to be trained to preserve the chain of evidence. There are an abundance of nurses trained in this area now.
A second argument is that a mobile van comes to South Orange County to take the evidence. What they do not mention is that this is only in the case of victims who are hospitalized. Most victims are not.
Please contact the County Supervisors and tell them that we deserve better than this.

Friday, November 27, 2015

San Clemente Domestic Task Force is sendng out a Word of Thanks and Cheer

Join us for an evening of card making and cookie decorating as we make gift baskets for shelters and first responders.
Your supplies are all included and your donation will go to provide art supplies for art therapy for victims of violence of all ages.
Many thanks to Sugar Blossom Bake Shop and to the the ladies group at Calvary Chapel San Clemente for donating all the cookies!
Tuesday December 8
San Clemente Art Supply Store
1531 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672

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