Empowering communities locally and globally to build special needs programs.
Offerings’ vision is to empower communities to better serve people with special needs.
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 2015 trip to Bali & Java Indonesia was focused on acceptance & expanding knowledge about Autism & ADD/ADHD, understanding how to accommodate special needs students in typical schools, creating meaningful & functional teaching, addressing the needs & supports of professionals & families engaging with the special needs community & helping centers to think strategically.
Offerings sports integration team Tyler Fitzgerald, Sean Fitzgerald & Dona Cantu from California provided a soccer skills day on the island of Bali. Thanks to Joshua Fitzgerald of Extreme Soccer & Rugby in Roseville, CA, 30 children were provide with soccer balls & Jerseys. This may not seem extraordinary but the children were part of a scholarship group who are sponsored to attend school due to financial hardships & the other children who joined were part of a special needs center for physical challenged.
It was amazing to see the first integration of its kind on the island. It was amazing to learn that one of the boys in his wheel chair had never, in 11 years been out of his Village, joined an event like this.
Our kick off collaboration event hosted by Yayasan Peduli Kemanusiaan (www.ypkbali.org ) at the Anika Linden Centre, in Denpasar, Bali focused on helping 8 special needs centers identify Wellness strategies to promote well-being in families & professionals who are caring & supporting children with special needs. Our 2nd topic addressed the needs of siblings of children with special needs.
One hundred teachers with their administrators gathered at High Scope School near Kuta, Bali to gain information on Autism & ADD/ADHD in order to support their new policy on enrolling special needs in their typical elementary & middle school of 400 students.
At the Sari Hati Center https://www.facebook.com/SariHatiSchool Offerings met with the staff to discuss ways of using what material resources they have on the site to engage the special needs children & young adults who attend. Offerings demonstrated how to use simple drums & other instruments to teach leadership, rhythm, reciprocity, imitation & academic concepts.
On the island of Java, 285 professionals & parents came to enjoy our full day seminar hosted by IMPATI, the Indonesia Autism Society. The seminar focused on the components of developing a curriculum to address the learning needs of children with ASD.
Offerings was also invited to observe so new non-governmental organizations supporting children with special needs & offer suggestions in how to develop reading & math skills. Offerings also met with leadership teams at centers to help facilitate how to plan for future growth.
The 2015-2016 San Francisco North Bay Autism Lectures Series, presented by Offerings will focus on how it is to live daily on the spectrum. Seven sessions will showcase people with ASD. They will share their successes & challenges. They will share their wisdoms so that professionals & parents can continue to understand what is needed to truly help. Lectures start September & end in May. They are held at the Marin County Office of Education in San Rafael on Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:30. (To Join fair email firstname.lastname@example.org)