Offerings’ vision is to empower communities to better serve people with special needs.

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Offerings empowers people not by telling them what they should do but helping them gain the skills to develop control over their program vision.  This enables them to make their own decisions as problems arise in order to improve their services.  Offerings helps people to connect to resources and find new opportunities.

Offerings’ trip to Bali, Indonesia in the summer of 2013 was about inspiring, motivating, connecting and developing skills in special needs centers on the island of Bali (the centers of Sari Hati, YPK, The Autism School of Denpasar and the Autism Center on the island of Java).

Offerings accomplished this by observing programs, listening to center teams, providing feedback, encouraging, asking questions and presenting ideas that empower active problem solving.

During our time with the team at Sari Hati we addressed the question; “How to keep more cognitively challenged children focused and engaged in activities”?  At YPK we laid the foundation for thinking about developing a program focusing on life skills.  At the Autism Center in Denpasar the staff were eager to understand how to improve their methodologies so that their children could make more significant progress and finally our July 3rd event at The Anika Linden Centre where we connected to 8 centers to give them lenses to look at children’s behavior challenges.

Offerings also worked with the YPIK scholarship program during our stay on the island and with the partnership of Joshua Fitzgerald & Extreme Soccer and Rugby of Sacramento, provided a soccer event for Balinese boys and girls who are not able to access skilled coaching and creative skill development on the island.  Joshua made sure each of the 30 young people took away a leather soccer ball and a T-shirt with the Offerings logo, connecting the special needs community to the general community.

Offerings globally plans to return to Indonesia in June of 2014 and continue to empower.

Offerings moved forward locally, too this year’s Autism Lectures Series occurring in the San Francisco North Bay area is presented an amazing venue.  September, October and March lectures w focused on research from the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University School of Medicine.  During the January and February lectures the community heard the voices of mothers, fathers and grandfathers on the challenges and gifts of raising children with Autism. Rounding off the series experts in assistive technology and vocational programing will present at the November or May lecture. The 2014-2014 Autism Lecture Series will be amazing as well. See Flyer on site.

On March 1st Offerings presented its annual “Connecting People to Resources” …..A special needs resource fair at the Marin County Office of Education Conference Center.  The conference and fair day provided a resource venue with over 50 service providers of special needs programs, to families and professionals, supporting children and adults with special needs as well as workshops on meeting the Early Years, School Years and Transition Years needs of children with Autism, Downs, and Physical & Attention Challenges. See Program of Providers on site.

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