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 by helping them gain the skills to develop control over their individual program visions. This enables them to make their own decisions as problems arise in order to improve and expand their services. Offerings also helps people to connect to resources and find new opportunities.
Offerings 2016 trip to Bali Indonesia was focused on addressing the topics chosen by the centers and non-governmental organizations.The Speech & Language Therapists asked to have a workshop on the Communication Challenges of Children with Autism. The Occupational Therapists on the island asked to understand Sensory Integration. The centers for children with special needs wanted to know more about Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism and effective teaching methods. The administrators from the centers wanted to learn more about development and fundraising ideas. The programs serving secondary age wanted to learn how to create pre-vocational programs.
Offerings sports department lead by Coach Josh Fitzgerald from Roseville, California provided a soccer skills day on the island of Bali, hosted on the Green School campus. Special Education Teacher, from Oakland, Ca. Alicia Newell provided coaching and mentoring during this special day as well. Thanks to Josh, 40 children were provided with soccer balls & jerseys and a special day of engaging in fun soccer activities. This may not seem extraordinary to some but many of the children were from a scholarship group who were sponsored to attend school due to financial support & some of the other children who joined attended local special needs centers for the physical and cognitively challenged. The final group was campers attending the Green School Camp. They became peer buddies on this day supporting the children with special needs.
This was the 2nd amazing integration of its kind on the island, typical children accepting and playing with peers with special needs.
The 2016 North Bay Autism Lectures Series, presented by Offerings focused on how it is to live daily on the spectrum. Seven sessions of “Hear Our Voices” showcased teens and young adults with ASD. They shared their successes & challenges. They shared their hopes and dreams. They shared their wisdoms so that professionals & parents could expand their understanding of how to help. Lectures were held at the Marin County Office of Education in San Rafael.
In the future Offerings will be providing the opportunity to enjoy 7 years of amazing lectures/ workshops on its webs site. This final lecture series will be available for all who were unable to attend this year.
On April 2nd, Offerings facilitated the very first Autism Awesomeness Day, celebrating National Autism Awareness month. Offerings partnered with Jessica’s Heaven to bring this celebration to our community. Pastor Nicole Trotter opened up her amazing church (St. Luke’s) in San Rafael to our schools, centers, agencies all supporting children, teens and adults with Autism. Tables showcased awesome service providers in Marin County, we celebrated our amazing employers who were providing job opportunities for those on the spectrum with a special plaque and we were entertained by dancers, singers, artists and musicians on the spectrum. The pews were full and all guests were touched by the gifts and talents of those on the spectrum.
Offerings will be hosting its first one-day conference on October 1st, The Road to Independence, focusing on the challenges of becoming independent as a person who learns differently. The conference will be held at the Marin County Office of Education in San Rafael. Continuing Education Units offered through the Regional Center will be available to participants. Educators from Secondary and Post- Secondary program will present tips and suggestions on building independent skills. A panel of those living with developmental challenges will share their challenges of reaching independence. Vocational programs and supported living programs will share their thoughts and ideas of helping those reach their living and working and recreational goals. Therapists will provide recommendations on Building Effective Communication Skills and Helping Adults to develop positive Emotional Strategies.