Halloween is a black spider creeping across the blood-stained wall. Halloween is a gnarled tree tapping on the window. Halloween is a bright orange pumpkin shining in the pitch-black night. Halloween is the sound of children in various costumes going door- to- door. Halloween is witches on broomsticks flying through the air. Halloween is a gaggle of monsters on the prowl. Halloween is a haunted house in the middle of nowhere. Halloween is candy being devoured greedily. Halloween is a black cat bounding down the street. Halloween is a ghost popping up in random spots and saying Boooooooooooooo.
Developing Life Skills is exceedingly important for young adults on the autism spectrum. Whether it’s preparing our own food, practicing good hygiene or advocating for ourselves – all these practices contribute greatly to our quality of life and sense of independence. At SEEDs for Autism we empower our participants to step outside of their comfort zones and become more self-reliant. Many of our participants have started using public transportation to get to and from SEEDs and inspirational stories like Daniel’s encourage others to take this important step toward independence.
Hello my name is Daniel N. and I’m going to be writing about my experience taking Dial-A-Ride. Dial-A-Ride has provided me with a sense of independence. The first time I took Dial-A-Ride I had moderate anxiety because I did not know what to expect from them. They have a half hour window until they have to arrive. When they arrive I present my DAR card to the driver and he / she drops me off at Seeds. They are required to sign me in for safety reasons because when I sign in my boss knows I arrived at my destination safely. The bus is usually a van but sometimes they get overloaded with requests. If they are overloaded they will send a taxi as a backup for the main bus, that way I can still get to my destination on time. I would recommend Dial- A-Ride to anybody who needs it.
Hershey’s Chocolate Company has been around since 1894 and the founder, Milton Hershey, created such favorites as M&MS and Krackel Bars. The Hershey’s Company is one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. Their products are sold in over 60 countries worldwide. They are a member of the World Cocoa Foundation. In 1903, Milton Hershey began construction of a cocoa plant in Derry Church, Pennsylvania, which was later renamed Hershey. The plant workers and their families lived there and Milton Hershey held social events for them. They also introduced a new product, Hershey’s Kisses, in 1907. The process to wrap the new product was long and hard until machine wrapping was introduced in 1921. They added the paper ribbon at the same time to make sure it was a real Hershey’s product. Their other products included: Mr.Goodbar, Hershey’s syrup, chocolate chips and the Krackel Bar. In conclusion, Hershey’s chocolate is my favorite chocolate.
Daniel and Sydney practice live blogging at SEEDs for Autism. They will be reporting on all the excitement happening at the Art Jam this Saturday!
12:47- Daniel N.
I observed in Distribution that Heather and Chris are packing shaving supplies in gift boxes.
There are different kinds of pillows, like square, circular and triangular.
12:33 – Daniel N.
I observed Hunter working in the Weaving Department with Linda. Hunter was working on an orange scarf.
I saw mini soap boxes, heart pendant necklaces and spoon rests.
12:16 – Daniel N.
Zach is sitting at a sewing machine for the first time with Bailey.
They are making stuffed dinosaurs in Sewing, like a purple Pterodactyl that matches my shirt.
Keri is in Metals attempting to turn on the forge and Noah is helping her.
There are lots of great products being made here at Seeds For Autism, like heart-shaped cutting boards and honey dippers.
I saw some very pretty ceramic pieces.
11:43 – Daniel N.
I observed chain being made in the jewelry department by JD and Daniel CH.
Newsletter class is starting and we are discussing LIVE BLOGGING. We are going to walk around SEEDs and write about what we see….
by Connor O
Stone adze(top) and hatchet(bottom)
Most primitive tools were made out of either wood, stone, flint, bone, or obsidian. Stone tools helped early humans to gain the power of farming, mining and so much more. With mining came the Bronze Age and with it, new technology.
A primitive stone shovel
THE BRONZE AGE
By mixing tin and copper together, people created an alloy called bronze. It was stronger and more flexible than copper or gold and didn’t rust. With the creation of bronze though, man could now effectively wage war against each other.
When everybody had bronze weapons people realized that they needed something to protect themselves with, so they made armor, shields and polearms.
wooden bronze shield
Thunderbirds Charities, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community recently donated $15,000.00 to SEEDs for Autism, to aid in the development of their newest job training program, a Computers and Media Lab.
SEEDs for Autism was founded in 2010, as a pilot program in the backyard of the founders home, Mary Ann LaRoche. This local program uses real training taught by local professional leaders who are skilled in a variety of technical and trade skills. Most of the hands on skills that are taught are structured to ultimately help the SEEDs participants in the program learn how to make beautiful home and garden products. What makes this program so unique is that they also learn most of the facets necessary to running a business. Every student becomes a valued component because they try everything, and gain greater experiences; from design conception, product production, customer service, to marketing and social media. The students get to use a multitude of real tools while being mentored and encouraged to learn.
According to Mary Ann, “I watched my own brother Paul struggle to find a place in society where he could contribute AND be accepted for who he was. It was heartbreaking to see him have dreams like everyone else: wanting to drive, have his own apartment, but we couldn’t find the resources to support training outside of the traditional limited options provided for most special needs populations.”
“We are so excited to receive this funding and support from Thunderbirds Charities,” says Mary Ann. “It greatly benefits the resources and technical edge that we have been struggling to provide.” The biggest benefit of this funding is that it goes directly to enrich each and every participant in the program. Currently there are 43 participants in the program, but this funding will also add value to the summer programs, which typically are offered to those 15 years and older, who are still in school during the regular year. “To have updated and newer equipment participants will now truly gain yet another real life advantage which will assist them in expanded vocational training,” says Mary Ann.
“SEEDs for Autism gives purpose to this vulnerable population with special needs,” said Andy Markham, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We’re honored and privileged to help with the upgrades to their technology program.”
SEEDs for Autism encourages each participant to explore and learn new skills, connect to their community, market what they make, and ultimately find their voice. You can see what they make at their website: www.seedsforautism.org.
About Thunderbirds Charities:
THUNDERBIRDS CHARITIES is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. For more information on the Thunderbirds or the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com. For more information on the Thunderbirds Charities, visit www.thunderbirdscharities.org.