This International Women's Day we want to honor this amazing woman, Senator Barbara L'italian. Fighter. Advocate. Champion for the Vulnerable. Barbara’s journey started with an Autism diagnosis. When her oldest son, Rudy, was five years old he was given a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. From disqualification for medical insurance coverage, to lack of basic supports in school, Barbara realized that her son would grow up without the essential services he needed. That’s when she took action: Barbara began advocating for her son, and for all kids like him. Barbara’s fight for Rudy, and the advocacy skills she built along the way, became motivation to fight for all people with disabilities and build a health care system that included families like hers. She ran for office in 2002, and brick-by-brick has created the nation’s best support system for people with intellectual disabilities. Barbara has passed more key legislation in 15 years than many legislators do in a lifetime of public service. Barbara’s legislative wins for the disability community... Medical coverage for people with Autism Parental rights for disabled children ARICA, the landmark Autism bill that included… Autism Endorsement - teacher training Augmentative communication device coverage The ABLE Act (a tax-advantaged savings account for disability expenses) Adult services and qualifications for people with Asperger’s or high-functioning Autism A permanent Autism Commission The Division on Autism (which started Autism IEP protections for social/behavioral issues) The Autism Children’s Federal Waiver Bullying protections for children with Autism The Autism Commission (which she also chaired) Autism Ten Year Plan Special Education Caucus State funding for special education Law changing Massachusetts’ “Department of Mental Retardation” to “Department of Developmental Services” and eliminating the “R” word from the government altogether Barbara is a champion for special education, home care workers, employment and independence for people with disabilities, parental rights for people with disabilities, mental health care, expanding insurance coverage for people with disabilities, and more. Barbara's passion and improvements for Elder Care lead the way for this experienced legislator to lead our state into becoming the Gold Standard for Autism Care. Walking the Walk… Barbara hires people with disabilities for her campaigns and her legislative office, taking the time to invest in them and grow their skills and confidence. As a School Committee Member, Barbara fought for special education in her hometown Andover. ... See more
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So yesterday we were on site at Dzorwulu Special School to make sure work was going smoothly. Needed to take a few pictures so did that and while taking a look one of the children wanted to see what we were up to. So I said "would you like to take a picture"? He nodded excitedly. Hence the selfies. While we were at it his friend came and joined in. All too soon the bench was crowded and I had to let them have it and crouched in front of them for the beautiful selfies you see as we said a big "cheese"! ... See more
We are so glad that Afi Antonio allowed us to be a part of this project. What a beautiful and inspiring story. I pray that more of our donors will see this as another project to support.
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Happy New year to you all. We hope you are having a good year so far. On Friday January 12th, 2018, Team AMF visited Christ The King International School as part of our campaign to raise Autism awareness. Our talk was given by our volunteer extraordinare @Kobbie Aryee who did a phenomenal job with the children. Check out a few shots from the talk. ... See more
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My friend is diagnosed with autism. Today I was baffled by his behavior. After taking a moment to contemplate human nature and my own tendencies it all made sense. It's time to provide everybody with the acceptance they deserve. ... See more