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Kristin Ozuna
Apr 26, 2022
In Welcome to the Q&A Forum
Giving someone the gift of your time is the most precious gift that you can ever give. I know from working in the field for many years, along with having a child of my own who has Autism, that this means so much to them. They get excited when they get positive attention from others and from those who genuinely want to be around them. Some of our kids may be non-verbal, limited verbally or very verbal. Regardless of their abilities, they know when someone is being genuine with them. They understand everything that goes on around them. They also develop attachments to people, just as we all do, that offer them a positive and a safe space for them to be themselves. If you ever have a chance to do so, volunteer for one of your local agencies and/or schools that serve individuals with developmental disabilities. You will be glad that you did. When I first got into the field, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. My mom actually suggested it to me. At that point, I did not have my son, so it was all new to me. I worked in the schools as a parapro, and I absolutely loved it. The students that I had were amazing. They taught me so much. Probably more than I ever taught them. They taught me to be a better person, to lead with a kind heart and to never judge a book by it's cover. I will always cherish my time at the schools. They opened up their hearts to me with absolutely no judgment, and I am so grateful to have had that experience for the time that I did.
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Kristin Ozuna
Apr 26, 2022
In Welcome to the Q&A Forum
Our podcast can now be found on an additional platform. We are now in the Wisdom app, as well as the other major podcast platforms. The Wisdom app has live talks, as well as access to podcasts that cover a variety of topics. I haven't had too much of a chance to delve into it, but from what I have seen, they offer a safe space to all discuss all different topics that matter. If you haven't checked it out, you might want to.
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Kristin Ozuna
Apr 26, 2022
In Welcome to the Q&A Forum
Many times, it is tough to find resources for our family members who have developmental disabilities. Each state works a little differently and has different state agencies that help us to be able to support our loved ones even more. Some states have better services than others. The one site that I have found to be very helpful is the Arc's website. It is thearc.org. They have many resources on many different topics. There topics range from long term supports and services, advocacy, education, resources for direct support professionals and many more. They are a nationwide organization. So, if you need somewhere to start, they would definitely be of help. Check them out. You will be glad that you did.
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Kristin Ozuna
Jan 26, 2021
In Welcome to the Q&A Forum
We invite to share your story of your journey thus far with your kiddo! This is a place where we can all support one another. Please remember to always be respectful, and not pass judgment on others. We all have different stories, but we are all in this for the same reason. To help our children! They are the very core of our being, and we would do anything for them.
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