New Resource for the Texas Special Needs Community

I am so excited to tell you about a new website for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs: Navigate Life Texas  (AvancemosJuntosTexas). We at Aspergers101.org are always seeking informative new streams of support for families trying to offer their autistic/aspergers child the very best in services and Navigate Life Texas fills the bill! If you do not live in Texas, then by all means inquire about getting a Navigate Life (or one like it) in your state/country.                     – Jennifer Allen/Aspergers101

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This bilingual website was designed to be a place of support and a source of help.  It was created by a task force that’s part of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

It was three years in the making and the website development team spent a lot of time talking to parents across Texas.  They wanted to make sure the content would meet family’s needs.

One unique feature is that every page of the site was written, reviewed, or edited by parents of children with disabilities and special health-care needs. 

The website has content to address the needs of parents of children of ALL ages. It contains articles on:

Celebrating the Uniqueness of Autism!

New Year...New Initiative

Happy New Year! As Aspergers101 begins the year 2016…we go in with a bang for our Autism/Asperger Community. Celebrating the Uniqueness of Autism is a campaign designed to do just that…celebrate the quirks and perks of Aspergers Syndrome. One way Aspergers101 will reach out is through a collaborative effort with the Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s TV Station in San Antonio Texas, WOAI-TV.

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General Manager John Seabers and  Creative Services Director Terry McFarlane graciously agreed to partner with Aspergers101 in bringing the message of Celebrating the Uniqueness of Autism to the viewers through a series of PSAs (Public Service Announcements) to air on WOAI, News 4 San Antonio, and digital Channel 4.2 Antenna TV as well as a worldwide reach on Aspergers101.org.

Agreeing to host the PSA series is senior veteran anchor Randy Beamer with the initial ads featuring the talents of Dr. Temple Grandin, Samuel Allen and Houston Eco-Artist Grant Manier. Each posses unique talents that could have been overlooked if not for someone standing up for them and guiding them toward their area of expertise.

We want to share these initial PSAs with you here:

Spotlight on: Inventor, Autism Activist and Author Dr. Temple Grandin

Aspergers and Driving – Help us Transform the DPS System!

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Aspergers101 is helping to safely put those with Autism/Aspergers behind the wheel!

Working with the Texas DPS, Dr. Temple Grandin, and our State Legislature (R-Lyle Larson), Aspergers101 has begun a 2-year initiative titled: “Driving Safely with Autism/Aspergers Syndrome”. This project involves marketing the new Texas drivers license restriction code: Communication Impediment with a Peace Officer, and implementing changes that will enhance communication/understanding between the law and a person with Autism/Asperger Syndrome or other communication impediments. Poster

Started by the mom of a son with Aspergers Syndrome, Aspergers101.org is a 501c3 non-profit that was recently awarded the #2 slot on The Top Ten Worldwide Websites List on the topic of Autism/Aspergers Syndrome!
Thank you for your consideration of supporting this ground-breaking endeavor. Texas would lead the country with the implementation of such a program. You will soon see a section on the Aspergers101 website offering updated information on the status of the two-year project which includes posters (pictured), tri-fold brochures (both in Spanish and English), training video modules and Texas DPS amendments during the January 2017 Legislative Session.
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Pictured (l to r) Mr. Joe Peters (Assistant Director Driver License Division/Texas DPS, Frances Gomez/Manager, License and Records Service, and Brian Riemenschneider, Assistant General Counsel, Samuel Allen/Aspergers101, Jennifer Allen/Founder Aspergers101, JoeAnna Mastracchio/Deputy Assist Director Customer Support Texas DPS and Brian Riemenschneider/Asst General Counsel

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Dr. Temple Grandin and Samuel Allen get together in Ft. Worth, TX to discuss Autism and Communication Impediment as a restriction code.

College Student with ASD returns to his Middle School to Encourage!

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June 2, 2015

RLopex-MS-on-Autismeturning to the most challenging of school-age years (Middle School) came easy for Samuel Allen as the 20-year-old recently spoke to an anxious group of parents at San Antonio’s Lopez Middle School where he attended some 8 years ago. The topics ranged from the effects of bullying to finding your ASD child’s talent/strengths.

The most candid question came at the end of the evening when Sam was asked whether the parent should reveal to their son that he was recently diagnosed with High-Functioning Autism to which Sam replied “Why would you not? How can your son fully understand himself without knowing how he is hardwired? Autism is a gift not a curse.”  The parents reaction was both tears and applause.

$10 Donation today keeps Aspergers101 going tomorrow! #THEBIGGIVESA

The Big Give is Today…and we hope you will think of Aspergers101! Set aside as a national day of giving, The Big Give encourages you to support the non-profit of your choice. If you utilize this site and appreciate it’s daily content, please consider a minimum gift of $10! Joined together this combined effort will offset our hard costs and allow for maintenance, outreach and growth in sharing valuable information on living your best with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism.  Here is a direct link to the Big Give Website GIVE HERE

Here is more about Aspergers101 from our inspiration, Samuel Allen.

We know you have a choice when supporting a 501c3 (non-profit) and are grateful you’ve stopped to consider giving to fund our efforts at Aspergers101! -Jennifer Allen/President Aspergers101

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Don’t think of Autism as a weight…think of it as wings by which to fly!

Samuel Allen (Aspergers101.org)

Housing Community for those with Disablities

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March 3, 2015

It’s a concept gaining acceptance nationwide, providing a stimulating community setting for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are capable of living with some degree of independence. Housing Community for those with Disablities includes 132 apartments and a recreation center with pool and commercial kitchen.  “It’s been a long road; God has called me to do this,” Jack Kosik said recently at the 56-acre site that soon will be developed into a gated community for people with developmental disabilities. Already, as many as 227 parents and guardians have indicated interest in placing loved ones at Noah’s Landing, Kosik said. “We believe we’re starting a tsunami. If we do it right, this will be a national model.” No doubt!

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