Get Up and Go! Make It Happen! Check It Out! Do Something Good! These actions are what define Chase N’ Yur Face, and are at the heart what defines all of us. www.ChaseNYurFace.com is all about living a complete and meaningful life, wherever you are and whoever you are.
Here at Paper Clouds Apparel we take enormous pride in the fact that we hire individuals with special needs to package all of our bamboo shirts. 93% of all individuals with special needs that are of working age are unemployed. People with autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other disorders have an extremely hard time finding gainful employment for various reasons. Our goal at Paper Clouds Apparel is to keep growing at a staggering rate so we can put a dent in these numbers in our home of Phoenix, Arizona.
It’s amazing how some of the most helpful ideas come from the people that actually need them the most. Just 17 years ago, my 20 year old cousin, Matthew, was diagnosed with a somewhat rare and misunderstood disorder called autism. At that time, Matthew was one of the 2,500 children in the United States with autism, which was a developmental disability that nobody in my family knew very much about. Through research and doctor’s visits we were able to find our way, but throughout his adolescence, we could only wish to receive the support, knowledge, and motivation from other families in our situation. Back then, autism diagnosis was just too few and far between for us to get the necessary resources and community involvement that we needed. It was not until Matthew was a young adult that the prevalence of autism started taking such an abrupt increase in numbers around the world, and an active autism community of families, researchers, and organizations began to take shape.
I’m very excited for the opportunity to be a guest blogger for CARD. As a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) I play many roles: direct behavioral interventionist, parent trainer, staff trainer and lead writer/editor of the Autism Community website.