With most things in life we look to others for their experience, their tips, their successes and their failures. As a new runner, I rely on my clinic leader at the Running Room to learn what I need to keep me safe and help me achieve my goals.
In fundraising, there are so many experts, people with years of experience and folks just coming out school who have my attention. I can’t ignore the impact donors have made on me in learning about my profession.
In life, my greatest teachers are consistently my kids.
The short version of all this is that there are lessons all around me and some people have lived what I have lived through with tales to tell.
Today is a great example.
I spend a lot of time thinking about how to raise money specifically for families to afford IBI treatments. If you are able to afford IBI where you live or if you live somewhere other than Ontario, this statement may not make sense to you. Bear with me.
My son has been on a waitlist for IBI (Intensive Behaviour Intervention) services for what amounts to half his life. The cost of those services is beyond our budget. Actually, the cost of those services would be beyond our budget for the next couple of lifetimes.
That means that in Ontario, Daniel is on a waitlist. Perhaps by the fall, he will be in an IBI program and at that point we have to decide if we go with fully-funded government programs or take the cash and purchase services privately and pay something on top of that because the government amount doesn’t completely cover private services.
Yeah, so back to twitter and #teamautism. It’s connected to the Dan Marino Foundation http://www.twitter.com/DanMarinoFdtn) and a project by Samsung in the States to give $5 for every tweet, Facebook status update or check-in reference to http://www.teamupforaustim.com/ which is the Dan Marino Walkabout for Autism on January 29th, aka today.
Down toward the bottom of the page is a great video where Dan and Claire talk about their son, Michael, being diagnosed. See it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBB8ToHuoCs
Not only did I hear the words of other parents who have children who were non-verbal like Daniel, I heard that despite all the gifts that Dan and Claire have, they struggled to figure out what autism meant. Claire had the same challenges that every parent (frankly, mostly moms) have in getting their kids to the appointments.
What did I learn from the Marino’s experience? Once we learn how to support our kids and ourselves, we have to help others to learn how to support their kids and themselves.
Tweet, check-in at foursquare or update your status about #teamautism today. It’s free. It’s painless. And it’s about helping parents getting what they and their kids need. Follow @DanMarinoFdtn or @DanMarino on Twitter. It’s not like there’s a football game on today, so you can’t use that as your excuse. While you are at it, peek at www.childnett.tv and recommend it to others living with autism.