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Our Friend Mikayla
Book cover of Our Friend Mikayla
Our Friend Mikayla Arrives in Pennsylvania Elementary Schools

The Arc of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Mikayla’s Voice, recently mailed copies of Our Friend Mikayla to every one of Pennsylvania’s 1,800-plus public elementary schools. The book details Mikayla’s school days through the eyes of her third-grade peers and is a valuable resource that teaches the meaning of diversity and unconditional friendship in a language that speaks to students of all ages. Mikayla, a third-grader when the book was written, is now a 10th-grade student. Mikayla has never spoken a word, yet her friends have found a way for her voice to be heard across the commonwealth. The book’s printing was funded through a $10,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, with mailing costs funded by Air Products. Hear from Mikayla’s mom about their journey to create the book.

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2012 National Convention Wings for Autism The Arc's National Sibling Council
The Arc’s National Convention Goes Global Wings for Autism – Navigating Air Travel Support Siblings - Sharing Breakfast and Life Experiences
Make plans now to attend The Arc’s National Convention and International Forum in Washington, D.C. October 25-28. We’ll join with Inclusion International, a global network of family based organizations for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to touch on international topics including the release of a global report on living and being included in the community. Pre-conferences on leadership and self advocacy will add to four days of enlightening sessions and The Arc’s business meetings. Plus enjoy a film festival and “hand-dancing” celebration with D.C. mayor Vincent Gray. Find out more and register. As parents of children with autism spectrum disorders are well aware, everyday tasks can sometimes prove to be far more difficult for their child. Parents of children on the spectrum have a lot to take into consideration before making travel arrangements, from how their child will respond to the lights at the airport to how the noise on the plane will affect their child.

To address these and other concerns The Charles River Center (a chapter of The Arc), in collaboration with Massachusetts Port Authority, JetBlue, and the Transportation Security Administration created a new program called Wings for Autism. To read more about this program and how it is helping children with autism travel, check out our blog.

Any brother or sister will tell you that the sibling relationship is a unique and powerful bond. The Arc has been ramping up its efforts to bring together siblings of individuals with I/DD to motivate a new generation of advocates.

In April, The Arc’s National Sibling Council hosted a sibling breakfast during the annual Disability Policy Seminar. This event enabled more than 20 siblings of all ages to come together and discuss their shared experiences. As participants shared stories, many expressed their overwhelming joy about being surrounded by individuals who understood just what it meant to be a sibling.

To support The National Sibling Council and other important initiatives of The Arc please donate today.

Let Us Help You Junk that Junker
Do you have an old vehicle that you need to get rid of? Want to help support the work of The Arc at the same time? No problem. The Arc offers you a hassle free way to donate your old car, boat or motorcycle with the proceed going to benefit your local chapter. Check out The Arc’s Vehicle Donation Program where you can easily donate online or via a toll-free number. We’ll make arrangements to pick up or tow your old vehicle and give you the paperwork you need to take advantage of a great tax break for donating.
Entrepreneur Alley Spotlight – Teddy’s Ts
This year at The Arc and Inclusion International’s National Convention and International Forum, self-advocates who own their own businesses will be exhibiting their merchandise for attendees. This is the fourth year that The Arc has given self-advocates the chance to exhibit at convention, providing entrepreneurs the attention of hundreds of members of The Arc, experts and professionals in the disability community, and for the first time ever, access to an international audience.

Entrepreneur Alley hosts a variety of talented self-advocates including artists, writers, jewelry designers, and musicians. Read about Teddy Fitzmaurice, one of this year’s amazing entrepreneurs and his t-shirt company.

The Arc is Racing Across the Country!
The Arc is on the move to different race tracks across country with The Arc Audi Racing Program.

In May, The Arc of Alameda County took a group of self-advocates and staffers to the Laguna Seca Raceway. The group had an exciting day as they helped Don Istook’s pit crew get ready for the race. To read more about the race check out The Arc’s blog.

On June 1, at Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, local chapters enjoyed a day packed with activities, and Don won the “Hard Charger” award. In his acceptance speech, Don dedicated the award to the attendees from The Arc! Learn more about the day from Laurie Istook.

Help a Loved One Find a Summer Job
Finding the right summer job takes time, energy and patience. And individuals with I/DD deserve the same right to employment as everyone else in the community. The Arc encourages friends and family members of individuals with disabilities to support their loved ones by helping them find their ideal summer job.

For guidance in helping someone with I/DD find a great summer job, visit our blog for resources from The Arc and Autism NOW, a project of The Arc funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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