Opportunity Community Ability: A Special Place for Special Needs

Opportunity Community Ability: A Special Place for Special Needs

How would you feel if you didn’t have the opportunity to show your ability within the community?

People with special needs often tend to feel this way.

Fortunately, Opportunity Community Ability, or OCA, is an organization which gives children and adults with developmental disabilities a place to grow, develop, and be accepted, while teaching them how to adjust within the community.

OCA was founded in 2009 by Silvia Haas along with family, teachers, and therapists, when Silvia’s son, Matthew, was diagnosed with autism.

The following are three takeaways from the video:

  • OCA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization located in Orlando, FL.
  • OCA’s mission: “OCA enables individuals and families with autism or other disabilities the Opportunity to maximize their Abilities through functional, behavioral, social, recreational, and vocational programs and to live within the Community.”
  • OCA’s values: OCA strives to be “a place where every individual is accepted and understood for their abilities and possibilities by providing an opportunity to achieve, contribute, and grow in the community.”

Please visit OCA’s website for more information about the organization.

OCA’s Bowling State Competition

OCA’s Bowling State Competition

 

OCA is hosting an event next week regarding the Bowling’s State Competition and Opening Ceremonies.

It will be on Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th. The tournament will be held at the Boardwalk Bowl which is located on East Colonial Drive in Orlando. Aside from the Boardwalk Bowl, the Opening Ceremonies and Dinner will be Friday evening on December 8th at the University High School on Cougar Way in Orlando.

 

From 6:00-7:45 pm there will be dinner provided that the guests will be able to enjoy

After dinner, from 8:00- 9:00 pm the opening ceremony will begin

and from 9:00-10:00pm there will be a dance that the athletes will put on

 

So on Dec. 8th, the Bowling Singles Competition will happen and on Saturday the Doubles will happen

This should be a fun event so come out and support OCA and the kids that are involved in the competition. Don’t forget to cheer them on!

How You See People With Disabilities

How You See People With Disabilities

How do you feel when you see someone roll by in a wheelchair?

Now imagine if that was you.

How would you feel, knowing that people see you in a different light just because you are in a wheelchair?  People with disabilities know how we feel when we see them.

This publication promotes a video PSA shared in an article by Huffington Post in which people with varying kinds of disabilities talk about what it is like to have their disability and how people react to their disability. The following are the three takeaways from the video:

  • Society does not correlate disability and being attractive
  • A person is not their ability
  • Over a billion people globally live with some form of disability

This video promotes the acceptance of people with disabilities in society. The PSA shows real people with real disabilities talking about their everyday experiences. In promoting special needs, the video also promotes our current client, OCA, an organization who “enables individuals and families with autism or other disabilities the opportunity to maximize their abilities through functional, behavioral, social, recreational and vocational programs to live within the community.”

3 Things People With Developmental Disabilities Want You to Know

3 Things People With Developmental Disabilities Want You to Know

 

According to the Center for Disease Control, developmental disabilities are “a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.”

The purposes of this publication is to help people better understand how treat people with developmental disabilities that way those with the disabilities can feel accepted and know that they have friends and support like everyone else. People with these different abilities are often treated differently because people don’t know how to act around them. This publication will shed light on this and how to best treat a person with a developmental disability.

The following are three things people with developmental disabilities want you to know:

  • People with developmental disabilities want to be accepted.
  • People with developmental disabilities are more similar to those without them than we realize.
  • Having a developmental disability means having different abilities, meaning that people with a developmental disability are just as capable as people without them, just in different ways.

For more information on developmental disabilities, please visit the following websites:

Medline Plus

The Mighty

Athens Council Board of Developmental Disabilities 

Top Three Tips for New Parents of a Child with Autism

Top Three Tips for New Parents of a Child with Autism

Small Acts Communication is here for those new parents of autistic children with three useful tips to ensure them that they are doing a fantastic job. These tips come from, Autism Speaks, a website dedicated to share insights and information for parents of autistic children.

  1. Pace Yourself-Be sure take time out of the day to unwind and focus on yourself.
  2. Accept the fact that you are going to try stuff that is totally not going to work- Just because a certain type of therapy worked for someone else’s child, does not mean it will work for yours.
  3. Take your child out everywhere- Having your child tag along on grocery trips or to the post office helps them gain coping skills which is beneficial as they get older.

In the end, the best tip of all is to keep your head up, know you’re not alone and that you’re doing great. Nobody’s child is perfect and nobody’s parents are perfect.

To learn more about autism get connected other parents who have autistic children, visit Opportunity Community Ability (OCA), a local Florida organization.

 

How Body Language Shapes Who You Are: a Powerful TED Talk by Amy Cuddy

How Body Language Shapes Who You Are: a Powerful TED Talk by Amy Cuddy

On October 12, 2012, American social psychologist Amy Cuddy hosted a TED Talk regarding the importance of body language and how it molds us as individuals. Throughout her talk, Ms. Cuddy uses different pictures of world leaders and business professionals engaging in social interactions, pointing out what they are and aren’t doing; as well as what the body language is saying.

This is an important TED Talk for any public relations specialist to watch because it explains how to present yourself in a confident manner. The worst thing a public relations specialist can do is look like they don’t even believe what they are saying. Our clients seek individuals who can come across strong, assertive, and confident; therefore it is important to listen to Ms. Cuddy’s advice on how-to carry yourself in that manner in a professional setting as our clients representative.

Understanding how body language works is the first step to being able to control it, using it to your advantage in any situation. Learn more about Body Language Do’s and Don’ts from Good Manners.

Faith Jegede Cole on What She Learned From Her Autistic Brothers in Surprisingly Relatable TED Talk

Faith Jegede Cole on What She Learned From Her Autistic Brothers in Surprisingly Relatable TED Talk

“And in fact, because their minds don’t fit into society’s version of normal, they’re often bypassed and misunderstood.”

London, UK (April 2012)Faith Jegede Cole tells us the surprisingly relatable story about her experience as the sister of two autistic boys.  As Jegede describes her interactions with her brothers, she reminds us that we all pursue normality, but this pursuit may be “the ultimate sacrifice of potential.” Jegede states that “the chance for greatness, for progress and for change dies the moment we try to be like someone else.”  This pursuit resonates with the general public, as we tend to spend most of our time acting “normal” to fit into society.  When Jegede describes one of her brothers as never having told a lie, and the other as having “a pure and innocent nature, a boy who saw the world without prejudice,” “normal” does not sound so good anymore.  Watch the above video to learn more about what it is to have a developmental disability, what it means to not be “normal,” but to be extraordinary.

Rosie King Breaks Autism Stereotypes in Powerful TED Talk

Rosie King Breaks Autism Stereotypes in Powerful TED Talk

 

Hayleigh Latko | October 23, 2017

London, UK (September 2014) –Rosie King of Yorkshire, England shared her inspiring story on what it is like living with autism at the September 2014 TEDMED. She shares similar experiences with her siblings who also are affected with autism.

One of the biggest issues King deals with on a day-to-day basis are stereotypes. King explains, “people often associate autism with liking maths and science and nothing else.” However, autistic people are incredibly creative human beings and use their imagination more than we think. Too much imagination can lead to difficult situations.

For example, while sitting in class, King sometimes finds herself bored during a discussion and loses herself in a world of her own. Although some consider this dangerous, King knows it makes her unique. Being different should be a praised, “instead of punishing anything that strays from normal, why not celebrate uniqueness and cheer every time someone unleashes their imagination?”

To learn more about a local organization, reach out to Opportunity Community Ability (OCA) for more information.