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Month: November 2017

Orlando’s Community With Autism Needs YOU!

Orlando’s Community With Autism Needs YOU!

According to the Autism Society, changes being made to the Medicaid healthcare system aim to cut healthcare funding by an estimated $880 billion by 2020. While many think this healthcare program primarily benefits low-income women and children, these changes would most crucially effect the population of disabled Americans.

OCA, an organization based out of Orlando, Florida, has devoted all of its time, resources, and funding in order to provide a distinguished benefit to the Central Florida families affected by autism. Of the many obstacles this organization has faced, the biggest have been those that threaten their supply of financial assistance.

In speaking to OCA’s director Sylvia Haas about future plans for the organization, she could not help but verbalize her immediate concern regarding these budget cuts, ones that would strip her balance sheet of more than $1 million dollars of government aid.

KHJ media serves to promote OCA and the whole of the autistic community that is currently fighting for crucial government funding. To receive more insight on the state of OCA’s fight be sure to check out this informative presentation.

OCA’s Thanksgiving Day Camp

OCA’s Thanksgiving Day Camp

Thanksgiving is only two days away and OCA is having great events today and tomorrow!

OCA is hosting a Thanksgiving Day camp on November 21st and 22nd at their Eli Street location right in Orlando, Florida!

The day camp will take place from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and will only cost $50 dollars per day. If these times do not work for you. You can participate in OCA’s early day camp from 7:30 to 8:15 AM or their late camp session from 3:30 to 5:30 PM these early and late sessions are an additional $5 dollar charge per day.

OCA’s address is 4917 Eli Street, Orlando FL 32804

If you are interested in participating or think a family member would be interested in participating OCA provides a Google doc website on their Facebook page where you are able to register and sign up!

OCA’s Second Annual Fall Festival

OCA’s Second Annual Fall Festival

It’s that time of the year, OCA’s Second Annual Fall Festival!

Join OCA for their next social skills event. OCA is having their fall festival to celebrate the changing of the seasons and the holidays that follow. The event takes place  November 17th 3:30-6:30. The fall festival includes games, activities, music, and a chili cook off! The event is free.  To register for the event email therapy@gooca.org

Participate in the chili cook off! Participants interested may register as an individual or a team. To able to participate, individuals must be registered before the event and also provide a list of ingredients used for allergy purposes by November 15th. To register contact Margaret Thornton at mnewman@gooca.org. 

To learn more about the event visit OCA.

3 Ways to Support Special Olympics

3 Ways to Support Special Olympics

Ever wonder the power of sports? Special Olympics impacts the lives of over 4.9 million athletes in over 172 countries worldwide (Special Olympics, 2017). Special Olympics helps people with intellectual disabilities overcome challenges through sports. To get involved locally Orange County has an upcoming basketball competition on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Here are 3 ways to support Special Olympics.

Donate

Donations help athletes obtain healthcare and experience the fun of participating in sports. You can make a donation through the Special Olympics website either monthly or a one time donation. Any amount makes a difference!

Volunteer 

Volunteers could include photographers to photograph the events, people involved in health-care to provide free health examinations, or individuals interested in becoming a coach or official. The youth can also become involved in volunteering. There are many ways for students in high school or college to volunteer for events, become a coach, or be a fan.

Unified Sports 

Team sports bring people together. Special Olympics Unified Sports teams help to achieve that. People with and without intellectual disabilities participate in Unified Sports. This helps to break down stereotypes in an engaging way.

Special Olympics, through the power of sports, helps people with intellectual disabilities to discover new strengths. Special Olympics needs support to continue their mission and goals.

If you are interested in supporting Special Olympics please visit their website at Special Olympics to find local offices near you.

How to Volunteer With OCA

How to Volunteer With OCA

KHJ media is actively supporting a local organization called OCA. The video above provides information on how to volunteer at OCA

OCA –  is a non profit organization located in Central Florida. OCA’s goal is to provide a great and accommodating place for people affected by autism. OCA has many events each year from participating in the special olympics to holding local fundraisers right here in Central Florida. If you are passionate about helping out the community, in particular OCA, there are hundreds of volunteer opportunities to participate in with OCA.

Special Events you are able to volunteer for within OCA consist of the annual ‘Last Day of Freedom’ Fundraiser at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market or their annual OCA Bowl-a-Thon at Aloma Bowl in Winter Park, Florida. OCA’s ‘Last Day of Freedom’ Fundraiser is in May and the Bowl-a-Thon is in October.

How to Best Support OCA

How to Best Support OCA

Youtube – How to Best Support OCA

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder and costs a family $60,000 a year on average.

OCA – an organization based out of Central Florida – is a non-profit whose efforts focus on benefiting the lives of those affected by autism. KHJ media sat down with the executive director, Silvia Haas, and in asking how exactly we can best support OCA she had a simple answer.

The main problem OCA faces is a lack of hands on deck. Finding willing and capable volunteers has been a problem Sylvia has attempted to tackle for years now, however her efforts have fallen short. She shared with us that the best way to support this special company is by increasing the number of staff and volunteers.

In navigating OCA’s website homepage, one is able to register to become a volunteer as well as view what exactly is required in taking on such a crucial responsibility. OCA has done an amazing job in the short time they have existed, and your help will provide for expansion and further improvement of the lives of the autistic community of Central Florida.