Tuesday, March 27, 2012


If you ever thought you couldn't,
or thought that something was IMPOSSIBLE, post this on your bulletin board to remind yourself that you're wrong. (All of us are wrong once in awhile!)

We all fight self doubt at times and this is a good way to remind ourselves that YES WE CAN!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Theater Performances Designed To Include Autistic Children

Theater for Children Performed by The Pushcart Players at The Papermill Playhouse With Theater Environment Designed to be comfortable and judgement free for all families including those with Autism & Developmental Disabilities.

Red Riding Hood & Other Stories, A Theater For Everyone Performance

Saturday, April 21, 2012. Pushcart Players
Ages 5 & up
Here is an enchanting collection of classic tales - Little Red Riding Hood, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea and Hans Christian Anderson's All's Well That Ends Well.
A Paper Mill Playhouse "Theatre for Everyone" Presentation
This unique presentation is designed in cooperation with AUTISM NEW JERSEY, THE DOUGLASS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES CENTER AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY and PUSHCART PLAYERS. At this special performance, the theater environment will be altered to offer a comfortable, judgment-free space that is welcoming for all families:
• Lights up inside the theaterautismribbon
• Lower volume & consistent sound level
• Kids free to talk & leave their seat (supervised)
• Show runs about one-hour with an intermission
• Chill-out space provided
• Family bathrooms
• BYO snacks & drinks
• Online resource materials: "THIS IS MY THEATRE" Sequence Book may be downloaded at the bottom of this page. One version has no words so parents may tailor the book for their own child by handwriting their own descriptions.
• New to the theater experience? “MEET YOUR SEAT!” before the show! Join us for our FREE Open House on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, expressly for children to visit the theater space before the show. (no reservation required)

Theater for Everyone performances are supported by a grant from The Merck Company Foundation

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Forward Into Helping Others

An important element of any individual who is living on their own is having extra-curricular activities.  Fun with friends is important but so is giving back to the community. One of my daughter's great joys is raising money for charity or her church. On any given Sunday you can find Kate helping to plan fundraisers with her Church or on Saturdays taking part in charitable walks.  This year she's walking in The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. She has done the A.I.D.S. walk multiple times, walks for a variety of schools or charities that provide services for the disabled, The March of Dimes, and more. 

I look at her and think, 'do I do enough for others?' Maybe this weekend is a good time to evaluate ourselves and see what we do for other people. Is it enough? Could we do more? I admit, my daughter has me beat. I guess it's time for me to take a long hard look and see what else I could do for someone else.

How about you? Since the clocks are changing this is a good time for us to re-evaluate our lives and move forward, just like the clocks, to a more giving lifestyle.

If you'd like to help Kate and the Preeclampsia Foundations Promise Walk in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, sign up to walk, support them as a corporate sponsor, or form your own team.  Everyone can get involved. There is a block on the sidebar that will take let you support Kate walking in The Promise Walk this May 2012, or sign up yourself.

Take time. Give a little. It's time to spring forward into a better year of giving to others.

Promise Walk Info:

8:30 Registration opens- Bounce House, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting
9:10 Opening Ceremonies with Trish Adkins of our Mission Family and Mayor Kahn
9:30 Walk kicks off
10:30 Raffle and Silent Auctions close

2 mile stroller friendly walk
Challenge Grove Park in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Starting and Ending at Jake's Place Playground (see photo above)